On January 12, 2016, DCEG scientists participated in the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. DCEG Deputy Director Montserrat García-Closas, M.D., Dr.P.H., and two tenure-track investigators were invited to give presentations highlighting their research.
Dr. García-Closas presented “Breast cancer risk stratification in precision prevention”; Gretchen Gierach, Ph.D., discussed “Breast density: Implications for breast cancer etiology and progression”; and Charles E. Matthews, Ph.D., spoke on “Physical activity and cancer: Unraveling associations with better measurements.”
During the retreat, Mary H. Ward, Ph.D., received the NCI Women Scientist Advisors' Mentoring and Leadership Award.
At the beginning of the day, Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director of DCEG, and Lee Helman, M.D., Acting Director of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, recognized the 2016 NCI Director’s Innovation Award recipients. These awards 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), and Career Development Awards, which are given to postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, staff clinicians, and senior scientists. Five DCEG scientists received awards, as listed below:
Principal Investigator Award
Choonsik Lee, Ph.D.
“Development of radiation dose calculation system for patient undergoing proton therapy”
Career Development Awards
Payal Khincha, M.D., M.S.H.S.
“Relationship between telomere length, Plasmodium falciparum malaria and endemic Burkitt lymphoma in the EMBLEM study”
Catherine Lerro, Ph.D.
“Effect of 2,4-D exposure on telomere length and oxidative DNA damage”