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Fellows Receive Awards at ASPO Annual Meeting

, by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

Quiera Booker holds her Outstanding Poster Award from the ASPO Disparities Special Interest Group.

Two DCEG fellows received awards and DCEG scientists presented at the 2024 American Society for Preventive Oncology (ASPO) Annual Meeting, held in March 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Quiera S. Booker, Ph.D., M.P.H., postdoctoral fellow in the Integrative and Tumor Epidemiology Branch (ITEB) received an Outstanding Poster Award from the ASPO Disparities Special Interest Group for her poster presentation, "Motherhood and Receipt of Treatment: A population-based study of young women with breast cancer." The ASPO Disparities Special Interest Group is committed to examining the causes of disparities in cancer risk factors and outcomes, while developing and evaluating interventions to reduce and eliminate the unequal burden of cancer.

photograph of Alexandra Harris, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Alexandra R. Harris, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., postdoctoral fellow in ITEB, was one of 12 pre- and postdoctoral fellows working in the area of preventive oncology selected to attend the 2024 New Investigators Workshop. This workshop is an opportunity for fellows to meet with nationally recognized leaders in the field of preventive oncology, and to present their research for discussion and constructive criticism. Awardees also received discounted registration fees for the ASPO annual meeting. Dr. Harris gave an oral presentation titled, "Characterizing the Transcriptomic and Immune Landscape of Benign Breast Lesions in Relation to Mammographic Density."

Other DCEG scientists also presented their research at the annual meeting, including Paloma Mitra, B.A., predoctoral fellow in ITEB, Gretchen Gierach, Ph.D., M.P.H., ITEB Director, Jacqueline B. Vo, Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H., assistant clinical investigator in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Samantha Ammons, M.P.H., predoctoral fellow in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, and Hormuzd A. Katki, Ph.D., senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch.