Posted on April 08, 2019
The Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) brimmed with cutting-edge science presented by DCEG investigators. Each day featured outstanding talks, poster sessions, or opportunities for networking and meetings with collaborators.
The highlight was a standing-room-only scientific session on “Li-Fraumeni Syndrome and p53: Celebrating gold and ruby anniversaries of paradigm models of cancer predisposition and tumor suppression,” attended by Dr. Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., and Dr. Elaine Shiang, widow of Dr. Frederick Li. AACR CEO, Dr. Marge Foti, presented commemorative awards recognizing the contributions of Dr. Fraumeni and Dr. Li to the development of molecular epidemiology and the discovery of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome.
Many current and former trainees, collaborators, family members and DCEG staff were in attendance. Dr. Norman Sharpless, Director of the NCI, gave opening remarks and introduced Dr. Fraumeni. In his remarks, Dr. Fraumeni talked about his career at the NCI, seminal mentors and experiences that informed his scientific development, and described how he and Dr. Li collaborated to describe the cancer predisposition syndrome that bares their name.
Several investigators gave invited talks, including Maria Teresa Landi, M.D., Ph.D., Sharon A. Savage, M.D., Stella Koutros, Ph.D., M.P.H., Parichoy Pal Choudhury, Ph.D., and Stephen J. Chanock, M.D. Britton Trabert, Ph.D., M.S., gave a well-attended “Meet the Expert” session on “Endogenous hormones and their role in the etiology of gynecologic cancers.”
Ruth Pfeiffer, Ph.D., spoke about “Population risk stratification: Integrating biomarkers in cancer risk assessment,” in an educational session titled, “Biomarker Studies: Study design and statistical considerations”
Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., gave a workshop on “Moving microbiome research into population studies: Need for standardization” in the session, “Methods for utilizing the microbiome in cancer epidemiology research.”
DCEG scientists and fellows also presented about 30 posters.
To see all the photographs and social media commentary surrounding DCEG’s participation at the meeting, visit our twitter feed (#AACR19 and @NCIEpiTraining).