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2024 DCEG Fellows Awards for Research Excellence

, by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

Top: Loretto Carvajal, Lola Étiévant, Oscar Florez-Vargas, Kieth Griffin

Middle: Jessica Madrigal, Jennifer McGee-Avila, Aidan O'Brien

Bottom: Mark Louie Ramos, Thi Van Trinh Tran, Timothy Winter, Semi Zouiouich

The DCEG Fellows’ Award for Research Excellence (DFARE) recognizes the outstanding scientific research performed by DCEG fellows and provides funding for travel to scientific meetings or conferences. 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.

Loretto Carvajal, M.D., M.Sc., “Incidence rates and trends of cancer among young adults in Costa Rica by sex, 2006-2015”

Lola Étiévant, Ph.D., “CaseCohortCoxSurvival: an R Package for Case-Cohort Inference for Relative-Hazard and Pure Risk under the Cox Model”

Oscar Florez-Vargas, Ph.D., M.Sc., “A polymorphic TERT tandem repeat creates an expandable intronic G4 quadruplex and is associated with TERT expression, relative leukocyte telomere length and cancer risk”

Keith Griffin, Ph.D., M.S., “A pilot study for large-scale reconstruction of radiation doses in the normal tissues of passive scattering proton therapy patients”

Jessica Madrigal, Ph.D., M.S., “Determinants of residential exposure to agricultural herbicides and associations with house dust concentrations in California”

Jennifer McGee-Avila, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., C.P.H., “Cancer treatment disparities in people with HIV in the United States, 2001-2019”

Aidan O’Brien, M.Pharm., M.Sc., “Unravelling Pan-Cancer Susceptibility at 5p15.33: Functional Characterization of a Novel VNTR Variant”

Mark Louie Ramos, Ph.D., “Detection and Estimation of Etiologic Heterogeneity in Epidemiologic Studies”

Thi-Van-Trinh Tran, Ph.D., M.P.H., B.Pharm., “All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality in Low-Risk Differentiated Thyroid Cancer”

Timothy Winter, Ph.D., “Targeted CRISPRi screen confirms functional variants and identifies novel target genes at multiple RCC susceptibility loci”

Semi Zouiouich, Ph.D., “Calcium intakes and risk of colorectal cancer by subsite in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study”