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Highlights from the 2016 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat

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.

Montserrat García-Closas, Charles Matthews, and Gretchen Gierach presented their research at the 2016 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat.

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.”

Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon and Katherine McGlynn present the NCI Women Scientist Advisors' Mentoring and Leadership Award to Mary Ward.

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  

Maki Inoue Choi, Ph.D., and Rena Jones, Ph.D.
“Implementation of a novel bioassay as a global indicator of endocrine disruption in public drinking water supplies for epidemiologic studies of cancer”

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”