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DCEG Research Highlighted at Annual AACR Meeting

July 2013 - Linkage Newsletter

In April, DCEG members participated in the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Washington, D.C. This five-day event provided a forum to highlight the latest scientific advances in basic, clinical, and epidemiologic cancer research. The theme of this year’s meeting was Personalizing Cancer Care Through Discovery Science.

Aimée R. Kreimer, Ph.D., Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB), and Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Clinical Genetics Branch, gave presentations at minisymposia during the meeting. Dr. Kreimer spoke on “Prevention of non-cervical HPV-associated cancers,” and Dr. Savage presented “Genome-wide association study identifies novel loci associated with osteosarcoma.”

Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB), spoke on “Choosing the right postdoctoral fellowship” during a “Career conversations” session. Michael B. Cook, Ph.D., Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch (HREB), and Gwen Murphy, Ph.D., M.P.H. (NEB), were roundtable mentors during a session on “Designing and delivering effective scientific presentations” organized by the Associate Member Council.

DCEG scientists presented approximately 40 posters at the meeting (see the full list of posters). Christopher Kim, Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, received an AACR Scholar-in-Training Award for his poster “Household ventilation, cooking fuels and oils, and lung cancer risk in a prospective cohort of non-smoking Chinese women.”

Two fellows received 2013 Women in Cancer Research Scholar Awards:

  • Ashley S. Felix, Ph.D., M.P.H. (HREB), for her poster “Endometrial thickness and risk of sex hormone-related cancers in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial”
  • Leticia Nogueira, Ph.D., M.P.H. (IIB), for her poster “Gallstones, cholecystectomy and risk of digestive system cancers”

DCEG investigators also led or participated in meetings of various collaborative research groups held in conjunction with the conference, including the North American Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Research Consortium, the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium, the Genetic Epidemiology of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Consortium, and the Molecular Epidemiology Working Group.

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