Past Seminars and Events

Hot Topics in Cancer Epidemiology Series

“Vitamin D and Cancer MortalityState of the Evidence and Next Steps after the VITAL trial.”

Presentation and Discussion with

Dr. Edward Giovannucci, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Hanseul Kim, Doctoral Student in Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sponsored by the Cancer Epidemiology Program and The Harvard Chan Student Club on CANcer: Learn, Interact, Translate (CAN-LIT)


6th Annual Celebration of Junior Investigators

DF/HCC Celebration of Junior Investigators in Cancer Research 2017

The 5th annual Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) Celebration of Junior Investigators in Cancer Research was held on Monday, November 6th. The event brought together young investigators to share their research in areas of population science, including epidemiology, biostatistics, outcomes, diversity and survivorship. The afternoon was filled with lively discussion, sharing of new findings, building new collaborations, and planning for future research projects.

The event kicked off with a short introductory speech by Dr. Lorelei Mucci, leader of the Cancer Epidemiology Program of the DF/HCC and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She was followed by Dr. Paul Jacobson of the National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Control, who gave the plenary talk “Improving Cancer-Related Care and Outcomes: A Healthcare Delivery Research Agenda”.




Following Dr. Jacobson’s talk, oral presentations were given by Erin Cook, MK Downer, Margaux Hujoel, Catherine Marinac, Deirdre Tobias, David Yang, Oana Zeleznik, and Cindy Zhou. Each presentation was followed by a short question & answer segment where attendees could ask the investigators about their research.

The event wrapped up with a poster session and reception. Dr. Giovanni Parmigiani, Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Population Sciences Programs for the DF/HCC, concluded the event with the awards ceremony and closing remarks.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the event and made it such a success! We look forward to coming together next year to celebrate the accomplishments of our young investigators.

Harvey V. Fineberg Fellowship in Cancer Prevention

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Doctoral students in the Epidemiology Department, Weike Wang and Claire Pernar, were recently awarded the Harvey V. Fineberg Fellowship in Cancer Prevention for the 2016-2017 academic year.


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.

February 12, 2014 (Epi seminar series)

Erica T. Warner, ScD
Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Incidence and Survival: The Importance of Subtype

January 8, 2014 (Epi seminar series)

Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH
Global Cancer Estimates: The Evolving Picture of Cancer in the World

March 27, 2013 (Epi seminar series)

Unnur Valdimarsdottir, PhD
Adversities Across the Life Course and Medical Interventions: Recent Studies in the Nordic Registries

March 13, 2013 (Epi seminar series)

Lisa Signorello, ScD
Race, resources and mortality: A Report from the Southern Community Cohort Study

March 3, 2013 (Epi seminar series)

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH
Found in Translation: From data to application to improve population health

November 28, 2012 (Epi seminar series)

Alan Geller, MPH, RN
The German Skin Cancer Screening Experience: Methods and First Results

May 9, 2012 (Cutter Lecture in Preventive Medicine)

Margaret Spitz, MD, MPH
Big Questions in Cancer Epidemiology – Confounding our Future

January 11, 2012 (Epi seminar series)

Michelangelo Fiorentino, MD, PhD
The Pathoepidemiology of Genitourinary Cancers

May 3, 2011 (Cutter Lecture in Preventive Medicine)

Nubia Muñoz, MD, MPH
From Etiology to Prevention:The Case of Cervical Cancer

December 1, 2010 (Epi seminar series)

A. Heather Eliassen, ScD
Carotenoids and Breast Cancer: Evidence to Date and Pooled Analysis of Plasma Markers

September 22, 2010 (Epi seminar series)

Elio Riboli, MD, ScM, MPH, FFPH, FMedSci
20 years of EPIC: The contribution of prospective studies to chronic disease epidemiology and prevention

May 15, 2013

Young Talent in Population Science at HSPH and DF/HCC Showcased

Bill Nelson talkThe 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 15, 2013 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.