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Scholars Deliver Flash Talks, Earn Recognition for Research and Presentation Skills During Virtual Professional Development Workshop

, by CRCHD Staff

Kofi Deh, PhD

CURE Diversity Supplement Scholar

Dr. Kofi Deh

More than 250 scholars attended the 2021 Professional Development Workshop and Mentored Mock Review (PDW & MMR), which was hosted virtually by the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) on July 19-22, 2021. In keeping with the theme of this year's workshop—Transitioning to Independence: Charting Your Course to a Cancer Research Career—attendees learned skills, tips, and techniques to prepare them for a successful independent research career, acquired tools to build resilience, and gained insights on establishing meaningful mentor-mentee relationships. Additionally, attendees obtained actionable skills and techniques for writing effective grant proposals and high-impact manuscripts.

One of the highlights at the annual PDW & MMR is the opportunity for scholars to present flash talks. This year's flash talks were delivered by Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) and Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) scholars and were accompanied by virtual poster presentations.

This blog post recognizes the scholars for their terrific presentations and demonstrates their broad range of research interests. At the conclusion of the flash talk session, attendees were asked to vote for the flash talks that featured the most engaging presentations and that presented the most innovative research. Congratulations to those who scored the highest in these categories:

Most Engaging Presentation

  • Jade Moore, PhD, University of California at San Francisco - Modeling TNBC as a Function of Obesity in African American Women
  • Karen Riggins, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine - Epigenetics in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer
  • Mirna Perusina Lanfranca, PhD, University of Virginia - Role of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines on Expression of Homing Receptor Ligands in Tumor-associated Endothelial Cells

Most Innovative Research

  • Jade Moore, PhD, University of California at San Francisco - Modeling TNBC as a Function of Obesity in African American Women
  • Amanda King, PhD, National Cancer Institute - PIONEER: Computational Probing of Differences in Symptoms and Function of Diverse Brain Tumor Populations
  • Karen Riggins, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine - Epigenetics in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer

Basic Research

Guillermo Armaiz-Peña, PhD

Stress Hormones Promote Inflammation, Immunosuppression and Tumor Growth in Ovarian Cancer

Guillermo Armaiz-Peña, PhD, R21
Ponce School of Medicine

Aguirre de Cubas, PhD

Transposable Elements and Immunogenicity - Understanding Genomic Dark Matter

Aguirre de Cubas, PhD, K01
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kofi Deh, PhD

Increasing the Resolution and Coverage in Hyperpolarized 13C MRI for Improved Metabolic Imaging

Kofi Deh, PhD, Diversity Supplement
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jade Moore, PhD

Modeling TNBC as a Function of Obesity in African American Women

Jade Moore, PhD, Diversity Supplement
University of California at San Francisco

Mirna Perusina Lanfranca, PhD

Role of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines on Expression of Homing Receptor Ligands in Tumor-associated Endothelial Cells

Mirna Perusina Lanfranca, PhD, Diversity Supplement
University of Virginia

Suhn Kyong Rhie, PhD

Identifying Key Oncogenic Transcription Factors and Enhancers Using TENET2.0

Suhn Kyong Rhie, PhD, K01
University of Southern California

Michiko Shimoda, PhD

KSHV Uses Viral IL-6, a Human IL-6 Homolog, to Exploit Monocyte Inflammatory Response

Michiko Shimoda, PhD, Diversity Supplement
University of California at Davis

Basic/Translational Research

Karen Riggins, MD, PhD

Epigenetics in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer 

Karen Riggins, MD, PhD, Diversity Supplement
Baylor College of Medicine

 Behavioral/Population Research

Paula Aristizabal, MD, MAS

Health Literacy in Parents of Children with Cancer: Comparison of Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites

Paula Aristizabal, MD, MAS, K08
University of California San Diego

Elizabeth Cespedes Feliciano, ScD, SM

Automating CT Segmentation to Bring Body Composition Into Oncology Practice

Elizabeth Cespedes Feliciano, ScD, SM, K01
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research

Salene Jones, PhD

Improving Identification of Determinants of Evidence-based Practice Implementation

Salene Jones, PhD, Diversity Supplement
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Lilian Perez, MPH, PhD

Church Factors Across the Social, Physical, and Organizational Environment Associated with Latinos' Physical Activity

Lilian Perez, MPH, PhD, Diversity Supplement
Rand Corporation

Jamilia Sly, PhD

Smartphone Ownership and Use Among Older Adult New York City Housing Authority Residents

Jamilia Sly, PhD, K01
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Montserrat Soler, MPH, PhD

Provider Acceptability of Innovative Ablative Treatments for High-Grade Cervical Pre-Cancer

Montserrat Soler, MPH, PhD, Diversity Supplement
Cleveland Clinic

Clinical Research

Amanda King, PhD

PIONEER: Computational Probing of Differences in Symptoms and Function of Diverse Brain Tumor Populations

Amanda King, PhD, iCURE
NIH/NCI

Translational Research

Anthony Zamora, PhD

Biological Validation of Candidate Myeloma Driver Genes

Anthony Zamora, PhD, Diversity Supplement
Medical College of Wisconsin

For more information about CURE and iCURE, please visit the CRCHD website.

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