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DCEG Participates in 2015 AACR Annual Meeting

In April 2015, several DCEG staff members took part in the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This five-day event highlighted the latest scientific advances in basic, clinical, and epidemiologic cancer research. The theme of this year's meeting was “Bringing Cancer Discoveries to Patients.”

Mitchell Gail

© AACR/Phil McCarten 2015

Mitchell H. Gail, Ph.D., was honored with the 24th Annual AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. His lecture was titled "Risk models and cancer prevention."

Sonja I. Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D., co-chaired a mini-symposium on "Biomarkers and cancer: New insights." DCEG investigators who gave talks during this symposium included Demetrius Albanes, M.D., who discussed "Serum lipid metabolites and alpha-ketoglutarate are inversely associated with aggressive prostate cancer," and Jonathan Hofmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., who presented "A pooled investigation of circulating adiponectin levels and risk of multiple myeloma," for which he received an AACR-Molecular Epidemiology Working Group Scholar-in-Training Award.

Louise A. Brinton, Ph.D., chaired a session titled "Epidemiology of obesity and endometrial cancer," during which she discussed "Obesity and its implications for changes in endometrial cancer incidence and mortality."

Wei Jie Seow

During a mini-symposium on “Molecular and genetic epidemiology of cancer 4: New insights,” Daniel C. Beachler, Ph.D., presented an abstract on "Efficacy of the HPV16/18 vaccine against cervical, anal, and oral HPV infection among women with and without previous HPV16/18 exposure," and Jonine D. Figueroa, Ph.D., M.P.H., spoke on "Standardized measures of lobular involution and subsequent breast cancer risk among women with benign breast disease."

In addition, DCEG scientists presented more than 30 posters at the meeting. DCEG fellow Wei Jie Seow, Sc.D., received an AACR Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholar-in-Training Award for her poster titled "Household stove improvement and lung cancer mortality in Xuanwei, China: A 33-years' follow-up study."