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Clarice Weinberg Delivers 2019 Wacholder Lecture

, by DCEG Staff

From left: Stephen Chanock, Clarice Weinberg, Hormuzd Katki, and Paul Albert

In October 2019, Clarice R. Weinberg, Ph.D., senior investigator and former branch chief in the Biostatistics Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences delivered the annual Sholom Wacholder Distinguished Lecture. 

In her talk, “Evidence for Familial Clustering of Breast Cancer Age at Onset,” Dr. Weinberg explored the correlation of age at breast cancer diagnosis between sisters, using data from The Sister Study, which aims to identify causes of breast cancer and other health issues in women. Dr. Weinberg described their methods to determine a participant’s risk of breast cancer, relating her current age to her older sister’s age at diagnosis.

As the second speaker to give this annual lecture, Dr. Weinberg fondly recounted her memories of Dr. Wacholder, whose friendship and collaboration began in graduate school. She reflected, “He had a tremendous influence on my life by providing an example of integrity, curiosity, and passion for lifelong learning.”

The lecture was widely attended by investigators, staff, and fellows from DCEG and across the NCI. Dr. Wacholder's family friend Jeffrey Rubin was also in attendance.

The Wacholder Lecture is named in memory of Sholom Wacholder, Ph.D., senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch who passed away in 2015. He was a brilliant, multidisciplinary and critical thinker who worked at the intersection of quantitative reasoning and science.

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