Hankinson elected as Chairperson-Elect of the AACR Molecular Epidemiology Group

December 8, 2014

Professor of Epidemiology Susan E. Hankinson has been elected to serve as Chairperson-Elect for the Molecular Epidemiology Working Group (MEG) of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). She will assume the office at the 2015 AACR Annual Meeting, which will be held from April 18-22, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hankinson’s research has primarily focused on the etiology and prevention of breast cancer in women, with an emphasis on the role of endogenous hormones and other biomarkers of risk, as well as the role of lifestyle factors. Her research has been conducted primarily within the Nurses' Health Study (NHS) and NHSII cohorts, where she has served as a senior investigator for many years.

“I look forward to bringing my years of experience to work on behalf of MEG membership,” says Hankinson. “I am committed to maintaining and expanding the profile and voice of MEG within AACR as well as more broadly in the cancer community. I hope to continue to foster educational opportunities and scientific interactions that can lead to and enhance transdisciplinary efforts, and will work to increase and diversify MEG membership, as well as increase the focus on supporting more junior investigators currently building careers in this arena.”

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research’s mission is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

The MEG is dedicated to a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of cancer and chronic disease etiology and aims to promote the incorporation of molecular and biochemical concepts and techniques into well-designed epidemiologic studies. Since its inception in 1999, MEG has grown from a group of 200 molecular epidemiologists to a diverse community of approximately 500 researchers at every career level. With the support of the Steering Committee, the Working Group has established itself as the “voice” for molecular epidemiology in the AACR, and has made great strides in its advocacy for increasing the presence of this important discipline within AACR’s programs.