At the NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat in January, Demetrius Albanes, M.D., Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB), received the NCI Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) Mentoring and Leadership Award. The WSA recognized Dr. Albanes for showing strong mentoring of women scientists and for providing them with opportunities for scientific leadership.
Over the years, Dr. Albanes has provided invaluable career guidance and mentoring to many young scientists, ranging from summer interns to predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, staff clinicians and scientists, and tenure-track investigators. The NCI WSA acts as a forum to address issues relevant to women scientists, helps provide mentoring and skill building/career development resources, and ensures that women serve on search committees.
At the NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat, two DCEG tenure-track investigators were invited to give short presentations during the retreat's plenary sessions. Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H. (NEB), presented on "Esophageal and gastric cancer: A genomic anastomosis?" and Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Clinical Genetics Branch, spoke on "Dyskeratosis congenita as a model for understanding telomere biology."