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MEG Scholar-in-Training Award

Photo of MEG Chairperson, Dr. Susan E. Hankinson (left) with 2017 MEG Scholars-in-Training, Drs. Lang Wu and Ben Kinnersley and AACR Annual Meeting 2017 Program Committee Chairperson, Dr. Kornelia Polyak at the Scholar-in-Training Reception held on April 1, 2017.

Established in 2003 and funded by MEG membership dues, the MEG Award for Student Excellence in Molecular Epidemiology is awarded each year to three early-career scientists whose abstract accepted for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting has been highly rated by the Program Committee. The purpose of the award is to highlight the work being done by talented early-career scientists and to promote the importance of the field to others who may be considering a career in the growing discipline of molecular epidemiology. Awardees are recognized at the MEG Town Meeting, and receive a complimentary year of membership in the Working Group.

To be considered for the MEG Award, associate members should indicate that they wish to be considered for a Scholar-in-Training Award when submitting an abstract in the online abstract submitter. All eligible candidates will automatically be considered.

MEG Scholar-in-Training Award Recipients for 2017

Yin Cao, ScD
Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts
Long-term aspirin use and total and cancer-specific mortality

Minisymposium MS.EP01.02. - Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
Presentation #3012
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Monday, April 3, 2017, between 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (about 4:20-4:35 p.m.), Room 201, Level 2

Dr. Cao is an Instructor in Medicine in the Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She received an MPH from Columbia University and an ScD in Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests include the role of medication, lifestyle, and genetic factors in overall cancer prevention and risk prediction, with a particular focus on colorectal cancer.

Ben Kinnersley, PhD          
Institute of Cancer Research
London, United Kingdom
Genome-wide association study of glioma reveals specific differences in genetic susceptibility to glioblastoma and non-glioblastoma

Poster Session PO.EP01.01. Genome-Wide Association Studies/Post GWAS Studies
Presentation #1302
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Monday, April 3, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Section 12

Dr. Kinnersley is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Molecular and Population Genetics team led by Dr. Richard Houlston at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, United Kingdom. Dr. Kinnersley's primary research interest is genetic susceptibility to glioma, specifically utilising findings from genome-wide association studies to better understand the biology of glioma tumors.

Lang Wu, PhD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee
Identification of novel susceptibility loci and genes for prostate cancer risk: A large transcriptome-wide association study in over 143,000 subjects

Poster Session PO.EP01.01. Genome-Wide Association Studies/Post GWAS Studies
Presentation #1301
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Monday, April 3, 2017, between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Section 12

Dr. Wu is a research fellow in the Division of Epidemiology and Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee). He received a BS in biological sciences from Wuhan University (Wuhan, China) and a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Rochester, Minnesota), before joining in the Vanderbilt Training Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (MAGEC). Dr. Wu’s primary research interests are in genetic and molecular cancer epidemiology, with an emphasis on prostate, pancreatic and breast cancers. He is currently focused on identifying novel cancer susceptibility genes and biomarkers through large scale transcriptome-wide association studies and metabolome-wide association studies using genetic instruments.