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    • 2022 iCURE Scholars Welcomed to DCEG
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      DCEG welcomed three new scholars from the NCI Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE)  Program in 2022: Muzzammil Ahmadzada, Maxwell Hogshead, and Jazmyn Bess for postbaccalaureate training. Dr. Corey Young has transitioned to a postdoctoral iCURE scholar.

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    • Tobacco Smoke at Home Linked To Higher Mortality Across Diverse Group of Nonsmokers
      , by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

      Nonsmokers exposed daily to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) at home had higher mortality risks than those unexposed in a nationally representative study of the US population. These findings were observed across population subgroups of race and ethnicity, education, and household income, according to a study led by Dr. Daniela Gutiérrez in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch.

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    • Increased Meningioma Risk Following Treatments for Childhood Cancer
      , by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

      In the largest pooled study of childhood cancer survivors to date, Dr. Lene Veiga in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch and former fellow Dr. Diana Withrow, observed that meningioma risk increased linearly with the treatment radiation dose. Meningioma risk was higher for children treated before age 10 and persisted over 30 years after radiotherapy. Receiving the chemotherapy drug, methotrexate was also associated with increased risk of meningioma, but no dose-response relationship was observed.

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    • 2022 Summer Intern Program
      , by Jennifer K. Loukissas, M.P.P.

      DCEG welcomed 36 summer interns for the first-ever hybrid program. Support was provided by Diane Wigfield, program manager in the Office of Education, the NCI Training Directors, and 49 DCEG staff, including investigators, staff scientists, and trainees, who served as mentors.

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    • 2022 DCEG 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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    • Many Types of Leisure Time Activities May Lower Risk of Death for Older Adults
      , by NCI Staff

      A study led by Dr. Eleanor Watts showed that older adults who participate weekly in many different types of leisure time activities, such as walking for exercise, jogging, swimming laps, or playing tennis, may have a lower risk of death from any cause, as well as death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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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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    • 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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    • Cancer Death Rates Among Black People Declined Over Time, but Remain Higher than Other Racial and Ethnic Groups
      , by NCI Staff

      Wayne Lawrence, Dr.Ph.H., postdoctoral fellow in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, and Meredith Shiels, Ph.D., senior investigator in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch report that from 1999 to 2019, rates of cancer deaths declined steadily among Black people in the United States. Nevertheless, in 2019, Black people still had considerably higher rates of cancer death than people in other racial and ethnic groups.

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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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    • Small Increases in Physical Activity Could Prevent Over 100,000 Deaths/Year
      , by Elise Tookmanian, Ph.D.

      A research letter from Pedro Saint-Maurice, Ph.D., and Charles Mathews, Ph.D., in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch and Barry Graubard, Ph.D., in the Biostatistics Branch, reported that if the adult population in the United States increased moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity by 10 minutes per day, more than 100,000 deaths per year could be prevented. Similar benefits were observed regardless of sex or racial and ethnic group.

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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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