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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.

Margaret Tucker Retires from DCEG

In June 2018, Margaret Tucker, M.D., Director of the DCEG Human Genetics Program, retired after 40 years of service to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Tucker led a superbly productive program of epidemiologic and interdisciplinary studies with innovative clinical and laboratory components. Her landmark scientific contributions have substantively improved our understanding of the mechanisms underlying familial cancers and predisposition to multiple malignancies. Read more about Dr. Tucker's legacy.

Sharon Savage Appointed DCEG Clinical Director

Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Chief of the Clinical Genetics Branch, has been appointed as the new Clinical Director for DCEG. She will be responsible for ensuring patient safety, research integrity, and the responsible stewardship of research funding for all DCEG clinical activities. Learn more about Dr. Savage's appointment.

Defining Cancer Risk at the 2018 Fellows' Training Symposium

The tenth annual DCEG Fellows’ Symposium was held in March 2018 on the NIH main campus. The theme for this year’s symposium was “Defining Cancer Risk: Does G (Genetics) × E (Environment) = Me”. Read more about the 2018 Annual Fellows' Training Symposium.

Robert Burk Gives Inaugural Wacholder Lecture

In April 2018, DCEG welcomed Robert Burk, M.D., Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as the inaugural Sholom Wacholder Distinguished Lecturer in Quantitative Health Sciences. Read about the Wacholder lecture.

Nicolas Wentzensen Receives ASCCP Distinguished Scientific Award

Nicolas Wentzensen, M.D., Ph.D., senior investigator and Deputy Chief, Clinical Genetics Branch, received the Distinguished Scientific Award from the ASCCP for his leadership in the Colposcopy Standards project. Read more about Dr. Wentzensen's award.

DCEG Participates in 2018 AACR Annual Meeting

AACR 2018

In April 2018, several DCEG staff members took part in the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Chicago, Illinois. This five-day event highlighted the latest scientific advances in basic, clinical, and epidemiologic cancer research. Read more about DCEG participation in the AACR meeting.

Martha Linet Recognized with HHS Career Achievement Award

Martha Linet

In April 2018, Martha Linet, M.D., M.P.H., senior investigator in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB), received the Career Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This award, among the highest granted by the Department, recognizes Dr. Linet’s decades of international leadership in epidemiology. Read about Dr. Linet's award.

Paul Albert Invited to Give Robert W. Makuch Distinguished Lecture in Biostatistics

In April 2018, Paul Albert, Ph.D., Chief of the Biostatistics Branch, was honored with the Robert W. Makuch Distinguished Lecture in Biostatistics by the University of Connecticut Department of Statistics. His lecture was titled “Innovative approaches to the statistical analysis of circadian rhythm data: Uncovering the patterns of life.” Read more about this honor.

Banday Awarded Welch Fellowship

Rouf Banday receives the Welch Fellowship

In March 2018, Rouf Banday, Ph.D., research fellow in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics (LTG), was awarded the Robert A. Welch Fellowship. The fellowship includes funds to be used for travel to attend a scientific conference as well as for research resources. Read more about Dr. Banday's award.

Megan Clarke Receives 2018 Coleman Research Innovation Award

DCEG postdoctoral fellow Megan Clarke, Ph.D., M.H.S., was selected for the 2018 William G. Coleman Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award for her proposal, “Evaluating the Associations of Symptom Appraisal and Barriers to Care with Endometrial Cancer Presentation and Outcomes in a Diverse Population.” Learn more about Dr. Clarke's award.

Two DCEG Postdocs Recognized

Two postdoctoral fellows were recognized with prestigious designations by NCI. Talia Wegman-Ostrosky, M.D., PhD., was accepted into the Diversity Career Development Program (DCDP), and Manila Hada, Ph.D., was awarded the Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists for 2018. Read more about these designations.

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.