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Nathaniel Rothman Honored by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

March 2012 - Linkage Newsletter

In October, Nathaniel Rothman, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., a senior investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, was honored as the Orrin Ingram Distinguished Lecturer at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Dr. Rothman gave a presentation titled “Historical perspectives on studying susceptibility for bladder cancer, lessons learned, and implications for the genomic era.” His research focuses on using biologic markers of exposure, early biologic effect, and genetic susceptibility in epidemiologic studies of occupational and environmental causes of cancer. His study on the health effects of exposure to benzene in China led to a lower occupational standard for benzene exposure in that country. In addition, his findings helped prompt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a rule limiting the benzene content in gasoline and to adopt controls on passenger vehicles and portable fuel containers to reduce the emission of hazardous air pollutants. 

The Orrin Ingram Distinguished Lecture series features distinguished investigators whose discoveries have contributed to major advances in cancer biology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.