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2024 Staff Scientist, Staff Clinician Retreat for CCR and DCEG

, by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

Headshot of Wen-Yi Huang

In April 2024, staff scientists and staff clinicians from the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) gathered for their 20th annual scientific retreat. 

The theme was “Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Cancer Research,” and included topics such as advances in research on transcription factors and epigenetic regulation, as well as diverse approaches to understand and improve cancer treatment outcomes. 

Following opening remarks by Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director, DCEG, and Dr. Kimryn Rathmell, Director, NCI, Dr. Frank McCormick from the University of California at San Francisco delivered the first keynote address. Dr. Tyler Jacks from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology delivered the second keynote in the afternoon.

Lene Veiga, Ph.D., staff scientist in DCEG's Radiation Epidemiology Branch, gave a presentation entitled, "Thoracic soft tissue sarcoma risk following breast cancer treatment in two U.S. retrospective cohorts."

Wen-Yi Huang, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., staff scientist in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, won the 2024 CCR and DCEG Staff Scientist and Staff Clinician Retreat Travel Award for her poster, "Relationship between Polygenic Risk Score, Lifestyle Factors, and Colorectal Cancer Risk." The travel award is meant to support attendance and presentation at a scientific meeting in the U.S. within the next year.