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2022 DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Award Winners

, by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

Drs. Charles Breeze, Jonguen Rhee, and Akemi Wijayabahu

Drs. Wijayabahu, Breeze, and Rhee

Credit: NCI

Three fellows were selected for the 2022 DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Research Award. 

Jongeun Rhee, Sc.D., M.S., research fellow, and Charles Breeze, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, both in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, were jointly awarded for their proposal, “Investigating differences in clear cell renal carcinoma tumor DNA methylation between African American and European American patients.”

Akemi T. Wijayabahu, Ph.D., M.S., postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Genetics Branch, received the award for her proposal, “Race-specific associations of prognostic biomarkers with recurrence, progression-free, and overall survival among individuals diagnosed with high-risk endometrial cancer.”

The DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Award aims to expand cancer disparities research within the Division by encouraging postdoctoral trainees to initiate new and highly innovative cancer disparity and/or minority health research projects that they will continue into their independent research careers. Winners of the DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Research Award receive up to $75,000 of supplemental funding.