New DCEG Branch Chiefs Named
Dr. Nilanjan Chatterjee has been named chief of the Biostatistics Branch. Dr. Chatterjee has a doctorate in statistics from the University of Washington. He specializes in developing efficient design and analytic methods for modern molecular epidemiologic studies.
Dr. Debra Silverman has been selected as chief of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. Dr. Silverman received her doctorate in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and specializes in the epidemiology of cancers of the bladder and pancreas and the carcinogenicity of diesel exhaust.
Dr. Allan Hildesheim is the new chief of the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch, formerly known as the Viral Epidemiology Branch. Dr. Hildesheim has a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and studies DNA virus-related tumors including cervical cancer and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. He is the principal investigator on the NCI-sponsored clinical trial in Costa Rica of the newly developed HPV vaccine.
Dr. Jackie Lavigne has been selected as the new chief of DCEG's Office of Education. She received a Ph.D. in molecular toxicology and an M.P.H. with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Lavigne previously was the associate director of the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program.
First Anita Roberts Young Scientist Scholarships Awarded
Dr. Roberts was an internationally recognized molecular biologist who made pioneering discoveries regarding the protein TGF-β, which is critical in wound and bone fracture healing as well as in cancer suppression and stimulation. She worked at NCI for more than 20 years, heading the Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis in CCR until her death in May 2006 of gastric cancer.
NCI Sponsors Webinar on Tools to Guide Efforts to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Deaths
This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., EST. No advance registration is required. More information and instructions on how to participate are available at http://cisnet.cancer.gov/webinars/crc_02282008.html.
NCI to Host Science Writers' Seminar on International Breast Cancer Trials
The seminar will take place 9:00-11:45 a.m., in Conference Room 704 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel New York, 145 West 44th Street, New York City.
Journalists can register for the seminar by contacting the NCI Office of Media Relations at 301-496-6641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biospecimen Research Symposium Scheduled for March
Registration and Abstracts Accepted for Targeted Therapies Conference
The conference will cover new drugs in pre- and early-phase clinical development and clinical trials of combinations of targeted agents, and will focus on clinical and translational research. An updated program is available on the TAT 2008 Web site: http://www.nddo.org/page_include_tat2008.shtml.
To submit an abstract, send your complete abstract in Microsoft Word format to the conference secretariat, Dr. Marinus W. Lobbezoo, at email@example.com.