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Junior Investigator Talent Celebrated for a Second Year

On September 24, 2014, the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) held the 2nd annual “Celebration of Junior Investigators in Cancer Science.” The Celebration was a half-day symposium that provided a forum for sharing new and innovative ideas from the Center’s early-career investigators. The event was chock-full of intelligent discussion, novel discoveries, and the potential for new collaborations.

Dr. Giovanni Parmigiani (Associate director of Population Science, DF/HCC) kicked off the afternoon with a short introductory speech.


Dr. Tom Sellers gives the plenary talk.

Next, Dr. Thomas Sellers (Center Director and Executive Vice President, Moffitt Cancer Center) gave an engaging plenary talk entitled “Three Looks Without Empirical Evidence.” Dr. Sellers selected memories and opinions of his past, present, and future – providing helpful advice and lessons learned from “someone who has been around the block a few times.”

Following the reception, a total of seventeen brief oral presentations were given, each by a young investigator producing key research in several areas of population science, including epidemiology, biostatistics, outcomes, diversity and survivorship. After every three presentations, there was a quick question-and-answer period pertaining to the research presented by the investigators.

Poster session.

Poster session.

The oral presentations were followed by an equally stimulating poster presentation session, where a different group of thirty young investigators presented their ideas and findings.

Dr. Lorelei Mucci and Dr. Meir Stampfer (Co-Leaders, Cancer Epidemiology, DF/HCC) gave the afternoon’s closing remarks and presented awards for the best oral presentation (Dr. Megan Rice) and the best poster (Dr. Elizabeth Katntor).

The event was sponsored by the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Population Science Programs of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Outcomes, and Risk.