Hankinson named 2018-19 Conti Fellow

University of Massachusetts Epidemiology faculty Susan Hankinson

Susan Hankinson

March 29, 2018

Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson has been named one of the three recipients of the 2018-2019 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards.

Conti Fellowships provide faculty members with a unique opportunity to focus on their research or creative activities. These fellowships, managed by the office of the vice chancellor for research and engagement, provide a one-year release from teaching and service duties in addition to a $3,500 cash award.

Fellows are chosen based on their record of outstanding accomplishments in research and creative activity and on their potential for continued excellence, particularly with regard to the project that would be undertaken during the fellowship period and as proposed in their nomination materials.

The fellowships are named in honor of Samuel F. Conti, the first vice chancellor for research, who played a key role in establishing the campus as a major research institution of international reputation.

Hankinson is an epidemiologist whose research addresses the role of internal hormones in the body in causing breast cancer in women, including determining the lifestyle and genetic factors that influence hormone levels. She has conducted research for more than 25 years within the long-running Nurses’ Health Study (NHS and NHSII). Its cohort studies are among the largest and best-known investigations into the risk factors for major chronic diseases in women. She was the principal investigator of the NHS from 2006 to 2011 and remains a senior investigator with the studies.

Read more about all of the Conti Fellowship recipients here.