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DCEG Participates in Society for Epidemiologic Research Meeting

July 2013 - Linkage Newsletter

In June, DCEG members participated in the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Louise A. Brinton, Ph.D., Chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch (HREB), spoke on “Opportunities and challenges for researching non-communicable diseases in low-resource countries” during a roundtable session. Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., Deputy Director of DCEG’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, gave a talk titled “New insights from mature studies: The modern epidemiology consortium” in a symposium on “Old studies, new questions: Maximizing the utility of existing data and the biases that can result.” She also was a panelist for the session “Early stage investigators: Building a national reputation.” Rena Jones, Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB), was a panelist for the session “Life of postdocs and junior faculty” and served as a chair for the session “SERDigital—Student methods web conference award winners.”

Several DCEG staff members presented posters at the SER meeting, including:

  • Hannah Arem, Ph.D., Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB): “The Healthy Eating Index-2005 and risk of pancreatic cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study”
  • Melissa Braganza, M.P.H., Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB): “Reproductive and hormonal factors, benign breast and reproductive conditions, and thyroid cancer risk”
  • Arash Etemadi, M.D., Ph.D. (NEB): “The impact of body size and physical activity during adolescence and adult life on overall and cause-specific mortality in a large cohort from a middle-income country”
  • Rena Jones, Ph.D. (OEEB): “Farm residence and lymphohematopoietic cancers in a cohort of older women”
  • Christopher Kim, Ph.D. (OEEB): “Indoor coal smoke exposure, tobacco use, and lung cancer risk in Xuanwei, China”
  • Zeina Khodr, Ph.D. (HREB): “Associations between endogenous hormone levels and lobular involution in the normal breast among premenopausal women”
  • Wenqing Li, Ph.D., Genetic Epidemiology Branch (GEB): “Fifteen-year effects of Helicobacter pylori treatment on gastric cancer incidence and mortality among participants with different baseline gastric lesions and ages” and “Index-based dietary patterns and risk of head and neck cancer in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study”
  • Jason Liu, Sc.D. (REB): “One-carbon metabolism factors and leukocyte telomere length” and “Plasma vitamin D biomarkers and leukocyte telomere length”
  • Carolyn Reyes-Guzman, M.P.H. (GEB): “Redefining light and intermittent smokers using U.S. National Health Survey data”
  • Hilary Robbins, Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB): “Contributions to changing cancer incidence in the U.S. HIV population, 1996–2008”
  • Meredith Shiels, Ph.D. (IIB): “Impact of HIV infection on Hodgkin lymphoma cases in the United States”
  • Britton Trabert, Ph.D. (HREB): “Metabolic syndrome and ovarian cancer in the United States: A study in the SEER-Medicare linked database”

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