MEG Election Results
Congratulations to Shelley S. Tworoger, PhD, MEG Chairperson-elect 2018-2019
Our thanks to Julie R. Palmer, ScD, and Shelley S. Tworoger, PhD, for standing for election, and to the MEG membership for participating in the election. We congratulate Dr. Tworoger on her election as MEG chairperson-elect. Dr. Tworoger will assume the office of chairperson-elect at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018, April 14-18, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.
Shelley S. Tworoger, PhD
Associate Center Director of Population Science and Senior Member
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Other Positions Currently Held:
2012-present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
The mission of my research program is to reduce morbidity and mortality from female cancers using an integrative, multidisciplinary approach. I am interested in: (1) Assessing how the host macroenvironment drives tumor development and subsequent heterogeneity and interacts with the tumor microenvironment to impact progression; (2) Evaluating novel factors associated with ovarian cancer risk and survival, incorporating tumor heterogeneity; (3) Expanding consortial research approaches, including being co-leader of the Ovarian Cancer Cohort Consortium; (4) Identifying how the biologic consequences of psychosocial stress influence carcinogenesis; (5) Elucidating the hormonal etiology of breast cancer and integrating biologic markers into risk prediction models.
The core mission of MEG is to raise awareness of and enhance transdisciplinary research within AACR and the cancer research community. Notably, MEG’s membership represents over 15 disciplines. Because of this, in conjunction with rapid technological development and improved access to biologic specimens, we are at an exciting crossroads to engage in multi-level research that considers the community/social environment, host-level exposures, and biologic alterations in carcinogenesis.
As MEG chairperson-elect, I will work toward three key goals. The first goal is to build connections with other AACR scientific working groups, including the Cancer Immunology Working Group (CIMM), the Tumor Microenvironment Working Group (TME), and the Behavioral Science in Cancer Research Working Group (BSCR), that would expand MEG membership and enhance collaborations examining the intersection of the host macroenvironment with the tumor microenvironment in tumor development and progression. The second goal is to work with the MEG membership to develop an AACR-MEG special conference that addresses high priority issues, such as the conduct and outcomes of translational research in which key questions are addressed from multiple scientific perspectives (e.g., population-based research, basic science). The third goal is to design educational programs and choose MEG Scholar-in-Training Awardees that highlight translational research and create opportunities to make connections with scientists from other disciplines.