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2015 DCEG Fellows Awards for Research Excellence

The DCEG Fellows Awards for Research Excellence (D-FARE) program provides funding for travel to scientific meetings or conferences to fellows who have made exceptional contributions to research projects. These contributions may include formulating research ideas, developing study designs, conducting fieldwork and analysis, or interpreting results. Each of the recognized fellows also must have played a major role in drafting a manuscript. Special consideration is given to projects in which fellows demonstrate growth beyond the discipline of their previous training.

The D-FARE program was established because scientific meetings are integral to the fellowship experience. The awards enable a greater number of fellows to participate in meetings, where they present their work, hear about new scientific developments, and establish vital connections with other scientists.

This year, seven D-FARE winners were chosen by members of an ad hoc DCEG committee. Winners received a $1,500 travel award to present their research at a scientific meeting.

D-FARE winners Rena Jones, Cindy Zhou, Clara Kim Lam, Anand Pathak, and Maria Constanza Camargo with Stephen Chanock and Jackie Lavigne. (Not shown: Olusegun Onabajo and Qian Xiao)

The 2015 D-FARE recipients and the titles of their abstracts are:

Maria Constanza Camargo, Ph.D.
“Serological response to Helicobacter pylori infection among Latin American populations
with contrasting risks of gastric cancer”

Rena Jones, Ph.D.
“Incidence of solid tumors among pesticide applicators exposed to the organophosphate insecticide diazinon”

Clara Kim Lam, M.P.H.
“Risk factors for melanoma among survivors of non-Hodgkin lymphoma”

Olusegun Onabajo, Ph.D.
“Interferon lambda 4 (IFN-λ4) induces apoptosis and a pro-inflammatory state in human hepatic cells”

Anand Pathak, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
“The testicular cancer polygenic risk score is significantly different between cases and controls in familial and sporadic testicular cancer”

Qian Xiao, Ph.D., M.P.H.
“Sleep duration and breast cancer risk among black and white women”

Cindy Zhou, B.Med.
“Male pattern baldness in relation to prostate cancer-specific mortality: A prospective analysis in the NHANES I Epidemiologic Followup Study”