National Cancer Institute Summer Research Award

Thomas O'Grady, research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, was recently awarded a summer research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As a fellow, he will work on two projects this summer at the National Cancer Institute's Department of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics (DCEG) in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB). This opportunity will allow him to collaborate with Dr. Cari Kitahara, a tenure-track investigator at NCI. Mr. O'Grady has previously collaborated with Dr. Kitahara on thyroid cancer projects.

The first study of the project will explore reproductive and hormonal risk factors for thyroid cancer using a pooled analysis of 14 large prospective cohort studies from the NCI Cohort Consortium. The second study will evaluate international trends in thyroid cancer by histologic types using data from Cancer Incidence in Five Continents. Mr. O'Grady and Dr. Kitahara will collaborate with Dr. Susan Devesa, an expert on international trend analyses, on the second study. Through the fellowship, Mr. O'Grady will work at the NCI for 9 weeks between May 9 - July 8, 2016.