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DCEG Fellows Awards for Research Excellence

March 2012 - Linkage Newsletter

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, eight D-FARE winners were chosen from a record number of 33 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 2011, and funds must be used by the end of FY2012.

The 2011 D-FARE recipients and the titles of their abstracts are:

  • Arpita Ghosh, Ph.D., Biostatistics Branch: "Leveraging family history in genome-wide association studies."
  • H. Dean Hosgood, III, Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch: "Genetic variant in TP63 on locus 3q28 is associated with risk of lung adenocarcinoma among never-smoking females in Asia."
  • Cari Meinhold Kitahara, Ph.D., Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB): "Early adult weight, subsequent weight change, and cancer incidence in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study."
  • Indu Kohaar, Ph.D., Laboratory of Translational Genomics: "Strong effect of rs2294008 on mRNA and protein expression of the prostate stem cell antigen in human normal and tumor bladder tissue."
  • Stephanie Lamart, Ph.D. (REB): "Analysis of trends in radiation doses to the esophagus from radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer."
  • Laura Linville, Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch: "Associations between age and parity and morphometry of terminal ductal lobular units in the Komen Tissue Bank Study of healthy women."
  • Lisa Mirabello, Ph.D., Clinical Genetics Branch: "Elevated methylation of HPV 16 DNA is associated with the development of high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia."
  • Meredith Shiels, Ph.D., Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch: "The impact of the HIV epidemic on anal cancer rates in the United States."