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DCEG Members Participate in 2016 Epidemiology Congress

Jackie Lavigne, of DCEG's Office of Education, with a banner to recruit new fellows.

In June 2016, DCEG investigators and fellows travelled to Miami, Florida, to attend the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas. The three epidemiological societies of North America coordinate the congress every five years to provide researchers, educators, and policy makers the opportunity to present their research on pressing issues facing the health of diverse populations and discuss preventive and other measures to improve outcomes for a wide range of diseases.

The four-day conference included a presentation by Louise Brinton, Ph.D., M.P.H., DCEG scientific advisor for international activities, titled “Serum Estrogens and Estrogen Metabolites and Endometrial Cancer Risk among Postmenopausal Women in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study.” Hormuzd Katki, Ph.D., senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, discussed his research in a talk titled “Risk-based targeting of CT lung-cancer screening of US smokers.”

Many fellows attended the meeting for networking and to present posters. In addition, Scott Kelly, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB), presented “Weight change and body mass index trajectories, across the adult life course and risk of aggressive and fatal prostate cancers in the PLCO Cancer Screening Trial.” Mary Playdon, Ph.D., M.P.H., postdoctoral fellow in the MEB, discussed her research in a presentation titled “Metabolite Biomarkers of Diet and Breast Cancer Risk.”

Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Office of Education, attended the meeting and hosted a table at which she shared information about DCEG opportunities with prospective trainees.