Young Talent in Population Science at HSPH and DF/HCC Showcased
The inaugural “Celebration of Young Investigators in Cancer Science,” organized by the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) and the Harvard School of Public Health, was held on May 15th at a hall over at Simmons College.
The purpose of the gathering was to tap into the unique reservoir of new ideas, innovation, and energy that comes from the Center’s early-career investigators by providing a forum for discussion, sharing, and establishing new collaborations.
The day began with an intimate lunch between the event’s plenary speaker — Dr. William Nelson who is Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins – and several young investigators from HSPH and their mentors. The larger event followed a packed room of faculty, students, and researchers from across the institutions at DF/HCC was there to see 32 junior investigators highlight important research in several areas of population science, including epidemiology, biostatistics, outcomes, diversity and survivorship.
Dr. Edward Benz (Director, DF/HCC) opened up the occasion with introductory comments and an introduction for the plenary speaker Dr. Nelson, who gave a provocative plenary talk entitled “Personalizing Medicine at the Bedside becomes Individualizing the Health of Populations.” Dr. Nelson’s engaging presentation was followed by a brief question and answer period that allowed many of the young investigators to ask questions about the future of population science and about the many ways that the discipline is changing and becoming more translational.
Dr. Lorelei Mucci (Co-Leader, Cancer Epidemiology, DF/HCC) and Dr. Giovanni Parmigiani (Associate Director, Population Science, DF/HCC) kicked off a series of stimulating short oral presentations on a diverse range of research topics by the young investigators. These presentations were followed by poster sessions discussions, overseen by Dr. Meir Stampfer (Co-Leader, Cancer Epidemiology, DF/HCC) that were viewed in small groups and led by faculty that generated active interchanges.
Dr. David Hunter (Dean of Academic Affairs, HSPH) gave the closing remarks of the afternoon, and a reception followed.
The event was sponsored by the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Programs of Biostatistics, Cancer Epidemiology, Prostate Cancer and the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology.