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DCEG Fellows Awards for Research Excellence

March 2011 - Linkage Newsletter

The DCEG Fellows Awards for Research Excellence (D-FARE) provide funding for travel to conferences to fellows who have made exceptional contributions to research projects. These fellows' contributions might include formulating research ideas, developing study designs, conducting fieldwork and analysis, or interpreting results. Each of the recognized fellows also must have had 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, six D-FARE winners were chosen from a record number of 23 applicants, who were judged by members of an ad hoc DCEG committee. The $1,500 travel awards for this fiscal year (FY) were announced in October 2010, and funds must be used by the end of FY2011.

The 2010 D-FARE recipients are:

Cari Meinhold Kitahara, M.H.S., Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB): "Obesity and thyroid cancer risk among U.S. men and women: A pooled analysis of five prospective studies."

Stephanie Lamart, Ph.D. (REB): "Improvements in estimating radiation doses among patients treated with I-131 for hyperthyroidism."

Jacqueline Major, Ph.D., Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB): "Impact of neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation on the association between meat intake and mortality indices."

Alison Mondul, Ph.D. (NEB): "Genetic determinants of serum retinol levels: A genome-wide association study."

Gila Neta, Ph.D., M.P.P. (REB): "Common genetic variants related to genomic integrity and risk of papillary thyroid cancer."

David Wheeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch: "Spatial-temporal cluster analysis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the NCI-SEER study of this tumor."