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    • 2022 Cancer Health Disparities Award Winners
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Drs. Jongeun Rhee and Charles Breeze, and Akemi Wijayabahu received funding for their projects. 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.

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    • HPV Vaccine Protection Outweighs Additional Risk of Cervical Lesions Caused by Non-Preventable HPV Types
      , by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

      In a study published June 2022 in Lancet Oncology, Jaimie Shing, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues observed that HPV types not targeted by the vaccine cause cervical lesions more frequently in vaccinated populations than in unvaccinated populations. However, the number of prevented cervical lesions was considerably greater than the number of additional lesions attributed to non-preventable HPV types, thus confirming the efficacy of the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer prevention.

      this study is the first to observe and evaluate clinical unmasking following HPV vaccination.  

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    • Radioactive Iodine Treatment for Thyroid Cancer Associated with Increased Risk of Second Cancers
      , by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

      Elisa Pasqual, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues found that RAI therapy for thyroid cancer among people younger than 45 was associated with increased risk of solid cancer and leukemia. The strength of this study lies in its size and length of follow up.

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    • 2022 Fellows’ Symposium Focuses on Health Disparities and Environmental Justice
      , by Justine E. Yu, Ph.D.

      In April 2022, DCEG fellows gathered virtually for the 14th Annual DCEG Fellows Symposium. The theme was “Closing the Gap on Health Disparities and Promoting Environmental Justice: From innovative research to action.”

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    • 2022 Intramural Research Awards
      , by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

      DCEG Intramural Research Awards are competitive funding opportunities designed to foster creative, high-impact research by fellows and tenure-track investigators.

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    • 2022 NIH Postbac Poster Day Presentations
      , by Justine E. Yu, Ph.D.

      Postbaccalaureate fellows in DCEG presented their research at the virtual 2022 NIH Postbac Poster Day, sponsored by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.

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    • 2021 Outstanding Mentor Awards
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      Four investigators were recognized for outstanding mentorship in 2021: Jonas Almeida, Megan Clarke, Rena Jones, Minkyo Song. Read excerpts from the nominations prepared by their trainees.

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    • 2021 Virtual Summer Internship Program
      , by Maura Kate Costello, M.A.

      Thirty interns from around the U.S. joined DCEG for NCI’s first virtual summer internship program, organized collaboratively by DCEG, the Center for Cancer Training, the Frederick National Lab, and the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.

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    • 2022 Diversity Career Development Program Selections
      , by Justine E. Yu, Ph.D.

      Postdoctoral fellows Burak Altintas, M.D., in the Clinical Genetics Branch, Brittany Lord, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., and Waruiru Mburu, Ph.D., M.P.H., in the Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch, Omonefe Omofuma, Ph.D., M.S., in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, and Elisa Pasqual, Ph.D., in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch were selected for the 2022 NCI Diversity Career Development Program (DCDP).

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    • 2021 Awards Announced at DCEG Town Hall

      In November 2021, Dr. Stephen Chanock announced numerous awards received by DCEG staff for their research excellence, mentoring, and service, including the NIH Director’s Awards, NCI Outstanding Mentor Awards, and 2022 DCEG Fellows Awards for Research Excellence (DFARE).

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    • 2021 Informatics Tool Challenge Winners Announced
      , by DCEG Staff

      Four projects were funded through the 2021 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge that seek to advance research on the microbiome, expand our knowledge of descriptive and molecular cancer epidemiology, identify target genes and pathways from GWAS, and improve harmonization of heterogenous data.

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    • Ask a Researcher: Working in a Cancer Research Lab
      , by DCEG Staff

      Francine Baker, M.S., postbaccalaureate fellow and iCURE scholar and Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D., Chief and senior investigator of the Laboratory of Translational Genomics give a behind-the-scenes look inside a cancer research lab, and discuss their career paths, mentorship, and more.

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    • Sarah Jackson Selected for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Researcher Spotlight
      , by DCEG Staff

      Sarah S. Jackson, Ph.D., independent research scholar in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, was selected for the Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Health Researcher Spotlight in September 2021.

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    • Lesley Chapman Selected for Human Genetics Scholar Initiative Program
      , by DCEG Staff

      Dr. Chapman, postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Genetics Branch was selected for the two-year program with the goal of increasing diversity and inclusion in the field of human genetics provided by the American Society of Human Genetics, in partnership with industry leaders and the National Human Genome Research Institute.

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    • Recipients of the Inaugural DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Research Award
      , by DCEG Staff

      The DCEG Cancer Health Disparities Research Award was launched in 2021 to expand cancer disparities research within the Division. Fellows Jessica Madrigal, Ph.D., M.S., Cody Ramin, Ph.D., and Jacqueline Vo, Ph.D., R.N., M.P.H., received the awards for 2021.

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    • DCEG Staff Gather in Virtual Town Hall Meetings, 2021 Spring and Summer
      , by DCEG Staff

      At the 2021 Spring and Summer town halls, Stephen Chanock, M.D., recognized staff with the following awards: DCEG Outstanding Mentor Award, 2022 NIH Fare Awards, and Outstanding Poster Award. In addition, he announced the appointment of Maria Teresa Landi, M.D., Ph.D. as the Division’s Senior Advisor for Genomic Epidemiology.

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    • Mentorship at DCEG: A Tradition of Excellence, ITEB
      , by Justine E. Yu, Ph.D.

      This is the second installment of the Mentorship at DCEG: A Tradition of Excellence series. Gretchen Gierach, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch, and mentees Brittny Davis Lynn, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Mustapha Abubakar, M.D., Ph.D., describe their training and mentoring experiences at DCEG.

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    • 2021 Intramural Research Awards

      DCEG Intramural Research Awards are competitive funding opportunities designed to foster creative, high-impact research by fellows and tenure-track investigators.

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    • 2021 NCI Symposium on Cancer Health Disparities

      In May 2021, the 3rd annual symposium focused on cancer health disparities in rural and Native populations, financial toxicity, evidence-based strategies to reduce disparities, and more. The event was coordinated by a planning committee that included Eboneé Butler and Michael Cook from DCEG.

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    • 2021 Annual Fellows’ Symposium Focuses on Cancer Survivorship
      , by DCEG Staff

      The theme was “The Lifetime Impact of Cancer: Experiences in survivorship research, advocacy, and policy.” Presenters included invited outside speakers and Dr. Amy Berrington, Chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch.

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