EGRP News Flash - January 11, 2008
Reid and Verma Appointed EGRP Branch Chiefs
NCI's Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program (EGRP) has two new Branch Chiefs. Britt Reid, D.D.S., Ph.D., has been named to head the Modifiable Risk Factors Branch (MRFB) and Mukesh Verma, Ph.D., has been named to head the Methods and Technologies Branch (MTB). These appointments are part of last year's reorganization of EGRP which included changing from a two-branch to a four-branch structure.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Reid practiced clinical dentistry in Washington, DC, and as a Naval Officer in support of the Fleet Marine Force in Japan. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
MRFB focuses on supporting and stimulating research on cancer factors that may be modifiable, such as diet and nutrition, alcohol, physical activity and energy balance, tobacco, infectious diseases, physical and chemical agents, and medical exposures.
Dr. Verma is responsible for developing EGRP's initiative to stimulate research on epigenetic approaches in cancer epidemiology and has been instrumental in developing epigenetic research for NIH as a whole. He helped to develop a Request for Applications (RFA) on Environmental Influences on Epigenetics with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and represents the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), of which EGRP is a part, in NIH's Roadmap Initiative on epigenetics.
He is known within the extramural research community as an EGRP Program Director for Program Announcements (PAs) on Small Grants for Cancer Epidemiology and Pilot Studies in Pancreatic Cancer, and is a co-Program Director for initiatives in gene-environment interactions in cancer etiology. He was, and continues to be, a co-Program Director for initiatives in gene-environment interactions in cancer etiology, including the Breast and Prostate Cancer and Hormone-Related Variants Cohort Consortium (BPC3), which is a collaborative project to pool data and biospecimens from a group of large prospective cancer epidemiology cohorts. He also organized a workshop to explore developing a concept for a research initiative on mitochondrial DNA and cancer epidemiology.
Before joining EGRP, Dr. Verma was a Program Director in NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP), where he worked in the areas of biomarkers, early detection, risk assessment, and prevention. He also was Coordinator of DCP's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.
Dr. Verma holds an M.Sc. from Pantnagar University, a Ph.D. in the field of host-virus interaction from Banaras Hindu University, and did postdoctoral research at George Washington University.
MTB focuses on developing and improving methods for epidemiologic data collection, study design, and analysis; on modifying approaches developed in the context of other research endeavors for cancer epidemiologic settings; and on methods to increase understanding of cancer susceptibility. The Branch also manages EGRP's SBIR/STTR Programs.
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