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Highlights from the 2015 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat

On January 13th, 2015, DCEG scientists participated in the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. Three DCEG tenure-track investigators were invited to give presentations highlighting their research.

Lindsay Morton, Laura Beane Freeman, and Anil Chaturvedi presented their research at the 2015 NCI Intramural Scientific Retreat

Lindsay Morton, Ph.D., spoke on “Disentangling the causes of second cancers to improve outcomes for cancer survivors,” Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D., presented “Pesticides and cancer: New findings on an old question,” and Anil Chaturvedi, Ph.D., discussed “HPV and the evolving epidemiology of head and neck cancers.”

Robert Hoover

During the retreat, Robert N. Hoover, M.D., Sc.D., received the 2015 NCI Women Scientist Advisors Mentoring and Leadership Award.

In addition, Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director of DCEG, and Robert H. Wiltrout, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Cancer Research, presented the 2015 NCI Director’s Innovation Awards, which are designed to support the development of novel approaches and technologies for accelerating cancer research. These include Principal Investigator (PI) Awards, which are given to tenure-track or recently tenured PIs (within five years of tenure), with an upper limit of $50,000, and Career Development Awards, which are given to postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, staff clinicians, and senior scientists, with an upper limit of $10,000. Six DCEG scientists received awards, as listed below:

Principal Investigator Awards

Kevin Brown, Ph.D.
"Assessment of sequence variants mediating transcription factor occupancy"

Michael B. Cook, Ph.D.
"Digitally-quantitated miRNA profiles of Barrett's esophagus using non-endoscopic samples"

Lisa Mirabello, Ph.D.
"HPV 16 genomics and human genomics: Does host genetic variation modify risk of progression?"

Career Development Awards

Troy Kemp, Ph.D. (C)
"Assessment of gene expression signatures during the early immune response to HPV L1 VLP-based vaccines"

Rebecca Troisi, Sc.D.
"Hormone metabolite concentrations and DNA methylation patterns in women prenatally-exposed to DES"

Guoqin Yu, Ph.D.
"A prospective study of the respiratory tract microbiota and lung cancer risk among a Tin Miner Cohort"