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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, and view an archive of past people in the news.

Bondy Delivers 2018 Visiting Scholar Seminar on Glioma Etiology

DCEG Director Stephen Chanock presents Melissa Bondy with a Visiting Scholar plaque

In March 2018, Melissa Bondy, Ph.D., M.S., Professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, spent two days at DCEG as a Visiting Scholar. An expert in genetic susceptibility and heritability for brain and breast cancer, Dr. Bondy has an additional strong interest in health disparities. Read more about Dr. Bondy's visit.

Wenyi Wang, Statistical Bioinformatics Expert, Visits DCEG

Wenyi Wang

In March 2018, Wenyi Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, visited DCEG to give a seminar and meet with staff. Read more about Dr. Wang's visit.

Fraumeni Recognized by NIH Scientific Directors

In February 2018, Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., received special recognition from his fellow Scientific Directors at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read more about Dr. Fraumeni's award.

Prokunina-Olsson Named Acting Chief of LTG

Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D., was appointed Acting Chief of the DCEG Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG) in February 2018. Dr. Prokunina-Olsson explores the connections between GWAS-identified genetic susceptibility variants and molecular phenotypes of importance for cancer in general, and bladder cancer, in particular. Read more about Dr. Prokunina-Olsson.

DCEG Mourns Charles Land, Internationally Acclaimed Statistician and Former Principal Investigator

Charles E. Land, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed statistical expert on radiation risk assessment, died January 25, 2018. He retired in August 2009 from the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) in the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), after a 34-year career. Dr. Land will be remembered not only for his pioneering work in modern radiation dose-response analysis and modeling of low-dose cancer risk, but also as a delightful humble man who loved his family, Japan, music, and his work. He was a generous mentor and beloved friend to his REB colleagues and many others. Read more about Dr. Land.

DCEG Mourns Biostatistician Jun-mo Nam

Mr. Jun-mo Nam, formerly a biostatistician in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, passed away on January 4, 2018. Mr. Nam was admired for his comportment and devotion to work and the NCI mission. He authored about 80 publications in biostatistical methods and the medical sciences. Read more about Mr. Nam.

Sir David Cox Delivers Statistics Lecture Hosted by DCEG

Sir David Cox lectures to a DCEG audience via videoconference

DCEG hosted a lecture in late January by the eminent statistician Sir David Cox, Ph.D. Speaking to a large audience via videoconference from his office in Oxford, England, Sir David presented his thoughts on broad unifying principles and new challenges in statistics. Read more about the lecture.

Highlights from the 2018 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat

On January 9, 2018, DCEG scientists participated in the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. Tenure-track investigator Lisa Mirabello, Ph.D., M.S., gave an invited lecture on “HPV genomic insights into cervical carcinogenesis and HPV natural history.” Read more about the retreat.

Mark Purdue Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

In December 2017, Mark Purdue, Ph.D., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH and promoted to senior investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. Dr. Purdue investigates cancer risk associated with occupational exposures, circulating immune markers as they relate to risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and multiple myeloma, and genetic susceptibility to renal cell carcinoma. Read more about Dr. Purdue.

Kreimer Guest Editor of September 2017 HPV World

Cover of the September 2017 issue of HPV world

In September 2017, HPV World, the only scientific newsletter on HPV research in the world, published its third edition, focusing on questions related to single-dose efficacy of the HPV vaccines. Aimée R. Kreimer, Ph.D., senior investigator in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, served as the scientific guest editor. Read more about the new HPV World issue.

Danping Liu Joins DCEG as a Tenure-Track Investigator

Danping Liu, Ph.D., has joined the Biostatistics Branch as a tenure-track investigator. Most recently, he was a tenure-track investigator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) where he specialized in the analysis of biomarker, diagnostic, and longitudinal data. Learn more about Dr. Liu.

New Edition of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Book Published

Schottenfeld and Fraumeni 4th edition book cover

In November 2017, the Oxford University Press published the fourth edition of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention edited by Michael Thun, M.D, M.S. (lead editor) and DCEG senior investigator Martha Linet, M.D., M.P.H., James Cerhan, M.D., Ph.D., Christopher Haiman, Sc.D., and David Schottenfeld, M.D., M.Sc. (co-editors). Learn more about the new textbook.

2017 NCI Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting

2017 NCI Cohort Consortium logo

DCEG investigators played leading roles in the 2017 NCI Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting, which took place on November 13th and 14th at the NCI Shady Grove campus. Read more about the meeting.

Fellows Take the Stage at Annual Meeting of ASHG

In October 2017, dozens of DCEG scientists attended or presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG). This meeting offers trainees and investigators the opportunity to meet with collaborators, share their latest research findings, and learn about the cutting-edge science taking place around the globe. Learn more about DCEG presentations at ASHG.

Dyskeratosis Congenita Workshop Sheds Light on Vascular Complications

Dyskeratosis Congenita workshop group photo (partial)

In October 2017, investigators in the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB) hosted a workshop entitled “Vascular Complications in Dyskeratosis Congenita.” The two-day meeting brought together researchers and advocates to discuss the state of the science for such complications, and to brainstorm future avenues for research. Learn more about the workshop.

DCEG Staff Honored at the 2017 NCI Director's Award Ceremony

In October, several DCEG staff members were honored for their outstanding leadership and commitment to NCI at the NCI Director's Awards ceremony. Read about the DCEG award recipients.

Wegman-Ostrosky Recognized at NIH-SACNAS Annual Science Symposium

In October 2017, postdoctoral fellow Talia Wegman-Ostrosky, M.D., Ph.D., of the Clinical Genetics Branch, was one of five NIH trainees selected to present their research at the Annual Science Symposium of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, NIH Chapter (NIH-SACNAS). Learn more about Dr. Wegman-Ostrosky's NIH-SACNAS presentation.

View an archive of past people in the news.