Interdisciplinary Working Groups
DCEG scientists form collaborative working groups to enhance the exchange of information and support interdisciplinary approaches to epidemiological and genetic research. Working groups draw their members from across the Division and other organizations in NCI, enabling them to apply a wide range of expertise to the study of complex questions. Examples include:
- Breast Cancer Working Group - fosters the exchange of ideas and expertise among investigators from DCEG, NCI, and the extramural community to address important questions in breast cancer research through leveraging existing resources and identifying new research opportunities. Visit the breast cancer research page. Contact: Gretchen Gierach, Ph.D., M.P.H.
- Descriptive Epidemiology Working Group - Visit the descriptive epidemiology research page. Contact: Meredith Shiels, Ph.D.
- Early Life and Maternal Risk Factors Working Group - brings together researchers to accelerate progress in research related to perinatal, childhood, adolescent, and maternal factors in relation to either childhood or adult cancer. Contact: Britton Trabert, Ph.D., M.S. or Martha S. Linet, M.D., M.P.H.
- Geographic Analysis Working Group - facilitates the use of GIS techniques to investigate causes of cancer. Visit the GIS research page. Contact: Rena Jones, Ph.D., M.S. or Mary H. Ward, Ph.D.
- Immune Marker Working Group – evaluates the association between immune/inflammatory markers and cancer risk. Contact: Anil K. Chaturvedi, Ph.D.
- Metabolomics Working Group – studies small-molecule metabolites as indicators of exposure and future cancer risk. Visit the metabolomics research page. Contact: Steven C. Moore, Ph.D.
- Microbiome Working Group - evaluates methods for application in large-scale microbiome studies and promotes etiologic studies of the human microbiota and cancer risk. Visit the human microbiome and cancer research page. Contact: Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D.
- Multiple Primaries Working Group - provides opportunities for researchers to present proposed study ideas and current research findings, discuss methodology, and prioritize research areas related to the etiology of multiple primary cancers. Visit the second primaries research page. Contact: Lindsay Morton, Ph.D. or Sara Schonfeld, Ph.D.
- Tobacco Control Science Working Group – encourages etiologic research especially relevant to tobacco control, in partnership with the NCI Division Cancer Control and Population Sciences and the Intramural Center for Tobacco Regulatory Sciences (a joint effort of NIH and FDA). Visit the tobacco research page. Contact: Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D.
- Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Working Group – conducts studies of esophageal and gastric cancer in the U.S. and elsewhere. Learn more about the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Working Group. Contact: Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H.