In April 2017, several DCEG staff members took part in the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Washington, D.C. This five-day event highlighted the latest scientific advances in basic, clinical, and epidemiologic cancer research. The theme of this year’s meeting was "Research Propelling Cancer Prevention and Cures."
Two fellows were honored with highly competitive AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards, which recognize young investigators presenting outstanding papers at the annual meeting.
Roelof Koster, Ph.D., AACR-Bristol Myers Squibb Scholar-in-Training Award
Whole-exome sequencing identifies a high frequency of germline deleterious variants in cancer predisposition genes in individuals with osteosarcoma
Jessica Petrick, Ph.D., AACR-Warner Fund Scholar-in-Training Award
Tobacco smoking, alcohol use and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: The Liver Cancer Pooling Project
Dr. Petrick also presented her abstract during a session on “Cancer epidemiology and prevention.” Kara Michels, Ph.D., spoke on “Duration of oral contraceptive use and the prevention of gynecologic cancers: Modification by modifiable factors?” at the same session.
Sharon Savage, M.D., gave a talk on “Telomere biology and human disease: Progress from the ends” during the session “Cancer predisposition in pediatric oncology.”
Steven Moore, Ph.D., M.P.H., was an invited speaker at a session on “NIH-Supported International COnsortium of METabolomics Studies (COMETS).”
Talia Wegman-Ostrosky, M.D., Ph.D., spoke about her work on “Exome analysis of known hereditary cancer genes in 122 children with rhabdomyosarcoma” during the “Predictors and drivers of pediatric tumors” session.
Diana Merino, Ph.D., was invited to give a talk about “Why cancer research needs you” at the AACR Special Program for High School Students: “The Conquest of Cancer and the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers.”
Lindsay Morton, Ph.D., discussed “The importance of mentorship” at a session organized by the Associate Member Council.
DCEG scientists and fellows also presented more than 40 posters.