Posted on August 01, 2017
Tracy Layne, Ph.D., M.P.H., a postdoctoral fellow in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, was one of three fellows selected to receive the inaugural William G. Coleman, Jr., Ph.D., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Dr. Layne studies the etiology of prostate cancer, focusing on the interplay between race, vitamin D status, and cancer risk. Her project, “Prospective Metabolomic Profiling and Prostate Cancer Risk in African American Men,” seeks to identify the biochemical characteristics of prostate cancer in African American men that may contribute to their excess disease burden.
According to NIMHD, this selective award program is designed to support the development of innovative research ideas and concepts contributed by postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, and staff clinicians who have the potential for high impact in any area of minority health and health disparities research. It is named in honor of William G. Coleman Jr., Ph.D., who became the first permanent African American scientific director in the history of the NIH Intramural Research Program in January 2011 when he was appointed to direct the NIMHD Intramural Research Program.