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People in the News

DCEG staff members often receive scientific and professional society awards and recognition. In addition, they present their research at scientific conferences and participate in other events. Read about current DCEG people in the news below.

The Unique Role of Staff Clinicians in DCEG Research

Group of staff clinicians: Megan Frone, Payal Khincha, and Jennifer Loud.

Staff clinicians operate at the intersection of clinical care and research on natural history studies of families with cancer predisposition syndromes like Inherited Bone Marrow Failure (IBMFS) and Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS). Read more about DCEG staff clinicians.

Mirabello Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

Lisa Mirabello

In June 2019, Lisa Mirabello, Ph.D., M.S., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH and promoted to senior investigator in the Clinical Genetics Branch. Read more about Dr. Mirabello's tenure.

Stewart Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

In June 2019, Douglas Stewart, M.D., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH and promoted to senior investigator in the Clinical Genetics Branch. Read more about Dr. Stewart's tenure.

Mille Receives Bernard Wheatley Award

Matthew Mille recieves the Bernard Wheatley Award.

In May 2019, Matthew Mille received the Bernard Wheatley Award for best submitted paper to the Journal of Radiological Protection. Read more about the Bernard Wheatley Award.

2019 Spring Town Hall Meeting

Recipients of the 2019 Fellowship Achievement Awards stand with Dr. Chanock.

The spring town hall meeting was held in May 2019 to talk about recent scientific achievements and new and ongoing research efforts, and to recognize accomplishments and contributions of staff. Read more about the 2019 Spring Town Hall Meeting.

2019 Winners announced for DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge

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In May, Stephen Chanock announced four winners of the 2019 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge, a competitive funding program that supports innovative approaches to enhance epidemiological methods, data collection, and analysis using modern technology and informatics. Read more about 2019 Informatics Tool Challenge Winners.

DCEG Fellows Present at the 2019 NIH Postbac Poster Day

Eight postbaccalaureate fellows in DCEG presented at the May 2019 NIH Postbac Poster Day, sponsored by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education. Posters were judged by teams of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and staff scientists/staff clinicians. Seraph Han-Yin Lin of the Laboratory of Translational Genomics, received a Best Poster award. Learn more about the DCEG 2019 Postbac Poster Day presentations.

Eleventh Annual Fellows' Training Symposium 2019

Attendees of the 11th Annual Fellows Training Symposium 2019.

In April 2019, the annual Fellows’ Training Symposium was held at the NIH main campus. The theme was “The Training Trio: Seeking to examine the importance of developing research skills and collaborations in the population science disciplines of: Biostatistics/Bioinformatics, Clinical/Molecular Science, and Epidemiology.” Read more about the 2019 Fellows' Training Symposium.

Future of Low-dose Radiation Research in the US: 2019 Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium

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The annual symposium was hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on May 8 and 9, 2019, sponsored in part by the Radiation Epidemiology Branch. This year’s focus was the future of low-dose radiation research and the need for a long-term strategy to guide low-dose radiation research in the United States. Read more about the 2019 Beebe Symposium.

Medical Research Scholar Dalal Meets NCI Director Sharpless: NIH Catalyst Article

Nicole Dalal and Ned Sharpless

Medical Research Scholar in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Nicole Dalal, meets past resident of her NIH Campus room, former NCI Director Ned Sharpless who lived there as a Howard Hughes Medical Scholar in the 1990s. Their story featured in "My Room, Your Room," in the NIH Catalyst.

Savage Delivers Fred Li Award Lecture

Sharon Savage, M.D., delivered the Frederick Li Award Lecture at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, entitled “The long and short of telomere biology.” She received the Fred Li Award in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the identification of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. Read more about Dr. Savage's lecture.

Murphy Recognized with NCI Staff Scientist Outstanding Mentor Award

Gwen A. Murphy, Ph.D.

Gwen A. Murphy, Ph.D., was recognized with the 2019 NCI Staff Scientist and Staff Clinician Outstanding Mentor Award at the CCR and DCEG Staff Scientists and Staff Clinicians Retreat. The award recognizes excellence in guiding the careers of trainees in cancer research. Read more about Dr. Murphy's award.

Leitzmann Delivers 2019 Schatzkin Lecture on Physical Activity and Cancer

Dr. Michael Leitzmann (L) with Drs. Rashmi Sinha and Christian Abnet

Dr. Michael Leitzmann, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Regensburg, Germany, visited DCEG in April and delivered the 2019 Arthur Schatzkin Memorial Lecture on “Physical Activity and Cancer: Epidemiology and Mechanisms.” Read more about Dr. Leitzmann's visit.

Advisory Group Recommends Agents for Review by International Agency for Research on Cancer

IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer

Two experts from DCEG participated in a three-day meeting convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to review and prioritize of 170 agents for consideration by the IARC Monographs programme during the period 2020-2024. Read more about the Advisory Group meeting at IARC.

Onabajo Receives Early Career Travel Grant to Immunology 2019 Meeting

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Olusegun Onabajo, Ph.D., staff scientist in the Prokunina-Olsson lab in the DCEG Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG), received a 2019 American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Early Career Faculty Travel Grant to attend Immunology 2019, the AAI Annual Meeting. Read more about Dr. Onabajo's award.

2019 AACR Features DCEG Research

Ned Sharpless, Joseph Fraumeni, Elaine Shiang (widow of Frederick Li), and others at AACR 2019

Dozens of DCEG investigators, from fellows to the Division Director, presented their research at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Atlanta, GA. Read more about DCEG research at AACR 2019.

van Leeuwen Delivers Division Seminar, Discusses Research with DCEG Investigators

Flora van Leeuwen with DCEG scientists who presented her with Rosalind Franklin Award

Dr. Flora van Leeuwen, winner of the 2019 Rosalind E. Franklin Award, visited DCEG to deliver a lecture on in-vitro fertilization and ovarian cancer risk and have roundtable discussions on survivorship research and cancer risk after early life exposures. Read more about Dr. van Leeuwen's visit to DCEG.

LDpop Plots Linkage Disequilibrium by Ancestry or Geographic Location

LDpop is a free and publicly available cross-platform web tool that plots linkage disequilibrium by ancestry or geographic location. Learn more about LDpop.

2019 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators' Retreat, Highlights

At the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat, Dr. Laufey Amundadottir presented her research and was awarded the NCI Women Scientist Advisors Mentoring and Leadership Award. Dr. Flora van Leeuwen gave the invited Rosalind E. Franklin Award Lecture for Women in Science. Nine DCEG scientists received innovation awards. Read more about the 2019 intramural retreat.

Savage Presents on TP53 and Li-Fraumeni Syndrome at NIH Demystifying Medicine Series

Sharon Savage

Sharon A. Savage, M.D., clinical director and chief of the Clinical Genetics Branch presented research on TP53 and Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) on March 19, 2019, as part of the NIH Demystifying Medicine series. She was joined by Ms. Noelle Johnson, a patient in the LFS study. Read more about Dr. Savage's lecture.

iCURE Scholars Program Increases Diversity of the NCI Intramural Workforce

Mone't Thompson, B.S., iCURE scholar in the Clinica Genetics Branch

The Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) program offers mentored research experiences for qualified individuals. Ms. Mone’t Thompson, in the Clinical Genetics Branch, is the first DCEG iCURE Scholar. Read more about iCURE and Ms. Thompson.

Emily Vogtmann Appointed Earl Stadtman Investigator

Emily Vogtmann

Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., was appointed as an Earl Stadtman tenure-track investigator in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB) in November 2018. Dr. Vogtmann investigates the role of the human microbiome in cancer risk and progression. Read more about Dr. Vogtmann's appointment.

Khincha Receives Flex Award for Metformin Trial in Li-Fraumeni Patients

Payal Khincha, M.B.B.S., M.S.H.S., staff clinician in the Clinical Genetics Branch and Christina Annunziata in the Center for Cancer Research received Flex Award for their project, “Phase II clinical trial of metformin in patients with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS).” Read more about Dr. Khincha and the Flex Award.