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Staff Recognized at 2015 Fall DCEG Town Hall Meeting

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DCEG Special Appreciation Award recipient Sharon Coles-Calloway with Stephen Chanock.

In November, DCEG Director Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., held a Town Hall Meeting to commend the recent accomplishments of both scientific and administrative support staff and to provide an update on Division activities.

Each year, the Division recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding service to their Office, Branch, or the Division as a whole. DCEG Special Appreciation Awards were given to Sharon Coles-Calloway, Administrative Resource Center, and Sarah Wagner, Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory.

Dr. Chanock and Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., recognized winners of the DCEG Fellows Award for Research Excellence (D-FARE), which 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.

DCEG Special Appreciation Award recipient Sarah Wagner with Stephen Chanock.

This year, ten D-FARE winners were chosen by members of an ad hoc DCEG committee. The recipients and the titles of their abstracts are:

Rouf Banday, Ph.D.
“A synonymous exonic SNP associated with susceptibility to bladder cancer causes allele-specific splicing and generation of functionally distinct forms of TMEM129, an E3 ligase”

Benjamin Booth, M.S.
“Parental occupational exposure to biological dust and childhood cancer risk:  Findings from the International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C)”

Scott Kelly, M.S.
“Body mass index trajectories across the adult life course in relation to risk of lethal prostate cancer”

Krystle Kuhs, Ph.D., M.P.H.
“Sensitivity of the HPV16 E6 serologic biomarker for the detection of HPV-driven oropharyngeal cancers”

Mitchell Machiela, Sc.D.
“Female chromosome X mosaicism is age-related and preferentially affects the inactivated X chromosome”

Candace Middlebrooks, Ph.D.
“Somatic APOBEC mutation signature in bladder tumors is correlated with a germline genetic variant identified through bladder cancer GWAS”

Elizabeth Mosher
“Image-based study of individual variability in the volume and dimension of the heart and their impact on the heart dose in radiotherapy patients”

Hyuna Sung, Ph.D., M.A.
“Birth-cohort specific differences in breast cancer incidence rates among older and younger Asian and Western populations”

Guoqin Yu, Ph.D., M.S.
“Characterizing human lung tissue microbiota and its relation to epidemiologic and clinical features”

Mingfeng Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
“The genetics of gene expression in human pancreatic tissues”

DCEG Fellows Award for Research Excellence recipients Mingfeng Zhang, Elizabeth Mosher, Hyuna Sung, Scott Kelly, Rouf Banday, Guoqin Yu, Mitchell Machiela, and Candace Middlebrooks with Stephen Chanock and Jackie Lavigne. (Not shown: Benjamin Booth and Krystle Kuhs)

In addition, Dr. Chanock recognized winners of the 2015 DCEG Intramural Research Awards and the 2015 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge, which had been announced earlier in the year (see articles “2015 DCEG Intramural Research Awards” and “Winners Announced for the 2015 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge”).

The event was coordinated by Alyssa Voss, M.P.H., and Vicky Perez, M.S., M.A., Office of the Director.

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