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September 22, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 18

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Dr. Ming Lei Named Cancer Training Branch Chief

Dr. Ming Lei Dr. Ming Lei

Dr. Ming Lei has been appointed chief of the Cancer Training Branch in NCI’s Center for Cancer Training. The Cancer Training Branch develops, administers, and manages the extramural, grant-supported research training and health professional career development programs at NCI.

Dr. Lei received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from Cornell University. He was an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where his research laboratory studied regulation of DNA replication and chromatin assembly. Dr. Lei served as a program director and cluster leader at the National Science Foundation before joining NCI in 2008 as a program director in the Division of Cancer Biology.

As chief of the Cancer Training Branch, Dr. Lei will oversee national strategies for training and career development of basic, clinical, and population-focused cancer scientists, and fostering education, outreach, and curriculum development activities in fields that support cancer research.

Dr. Louise Brinton Receives Lilienfeld Award

Dr. Louise Brinton Dr. Louise Brinton

In recognition of her outstanding career in cancer epidemiology, Dr. Louise A. Brinton of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics received the 2009 Abraham Lilienfeld Award at the American College of Epidemiology’s annual meeting on September 12–15 in Silver Spring, MD.

Dr. Brinton’s current research focuses on the application of biomarkers of genetic susceptibility, endogenous hormones, and risk factors for breast and gynecologic cancers.

Upon receiving the award, she gave the Lilienfeld Award Lecture, reflecting on the uniqueness of epidemiology as a science and the ways in which the discipline has evolved. She emphasized the critical importance of training the next generation of epidemiologists and knowing how to conduct field work.

Webcast Registration Available for DCIS Conference

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Beginning today, NCI and NIH’s Office of Medical Applications of Research are convening a 3-day, state-of-the-science conference on ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus. Participants who are unable to attend the conference in person may sign up online to view the live Webcast and receive the final conference statement. 

The panel’s draft statement will be posted on the Consensus Development Program Web site for public download on the evening of September 24. Final conference statements are usually available online approximately 6 weeks after a conference, and printed copies are typically mailed approximately 4 months later.