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Highlights from the 2013 NCI Intramural Retreat

March 2013 - Linkage Newsletter

In January, DCEG scientists participated in the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. Three DCEG tenure-track investigators were invited to give presentations highlighting their research. 

Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB), discussed “The mutating epidemic: Tobacco and cancer risk in the 21st century”; Hormuzd A. Katki, Ph.D., Biostatistics Branch (BB), spoke on “New cervical cancer screening guideline-based risk models”; and Aimée R. Kreimer, Ph.D., Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB), presented “Prevention of cancers caused by human papillomavirus: New findings.”

During the retreat, Alisa M. Goldstein, Ph.D., Genetic Epidemiology Branch (GEB), received the 2013 NCI Women Scientist Advisors Mentoring and Leadership Award. 

In addition, Harold E. Varmus, M.D., NCI Director, presented the 2013 NCI Director’s Innovation Awards, which are designed to support the development of novel approaches and technologies for accelerating cancer research. These include Principal Investigator (PI) Awards, which are given to tenure-track or recently tenured PIs (within five years of tenure), with an upper limit of $50,000, and  Career Development Awards, which are given to postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, staff clinicians, and senior scientists, with an upper limit of $10,000. 

Thirteen DCEG scientists received awards, as listed below:

Principal Investigator Awards

Jianxin Shi, Ph.D. (BB): “Integrative genetic and genomic analyses of microRNAs in lung tissue samples.”

Career Development Awards

Bari J. Ballew, Ph.D., Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB): “Impact of genomic instability on two cancer predisposition syndromes: Fanconi anemia and dyskeratosis congenita.”

Kathryn Hughes Barry, Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB): “Environmentally induced methylation sites at chromosome 8q24.”

Maria Constanza Camargo, Ph.D. (IIB): “Circulating viremia and anti-viral antibodies in EBV-positive and -negative gastric cancer.”

Jiyeon Choi, Ph.D., Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG): “Characterization of melanoma-specific non-coding RNA populations in melanoma-associated genetic loci.”

Arash Etemadi, M.D., Ph.D. (NEB): “Cancer stem cells in the progression and outcome of precancerous lesions of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.”

Jun Fang, M.D., Ph.D. (LTG): “Knock-out of the 8q24 susceptibility loci using the zinc finger nuclease technology (ZFNT).”

Todd M. Gibson, Ph.D., Radiation Epidemiology Branch: “Risk for multiple primary cancer after solid organ transplant.”

Jonathan Hofmann, Ph.D. (OEEB): “Circulating adiponectin levels and development and progression of multiple myeloma.”

Britton Trabert, Ph.D., Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch: “Cross-species comparison of metabolic markers in serous epithelial ovarian cancer.”

Farzana L. Walcott, M.D., M.P.H. (CGB): “Effect of metformin on mitochondrial function in TP53 mutation-positive Li-Fraumeni syndrome patients.”

Guoqin Yu, Ph.D. (GEB): “Cigarette smoking and microbial communities in different areas of the oral cavity.”

Tongwu Zhang, Ph.D. (LTG): “In vitro sensitivity of the novel combination of TMZ/CHK1-inhibitor in melanoma.”

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