Cohorts and Consortia Team


The Cohorts and Consortia Team (CC) resides in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program's (EGRP) Office of the Associate Director (OAD). The Team is tasked with the scientific and programmatic stewardship and coordination of the cancer epidemiology cohorts and cancer epidemiology consortia supported by EGRP. This includes the planning, design, and conduct of cohort- and consortia-related initiatives and workshops; design and implementation of informatics tools and databases to facilitate cohorts and consortia research; synthesis, integration, and publication of consortia and cohort findings and related literature reviews; and development and promotion of best practices for interdisciplinary and translational collaborative research.

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The CC Team's mission is to foster, coordinate, and evaluate collaborative research based on cancer epidemiology cohorts and consortia. This includes the support of research resources and infrastructure to facilitate and maximize the scientific potential of cancer epidemiology research in the areas of focus of EGRP's Branches.

The CC Team's mission also includes disseminating findings from Team-supported research to the public, health care professionals, scientists engaged in cancer control, and the public health community.

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Cohorts and Consortia Activities and Resources

EGRP has been engaged in collaborative efforts to promote consortia-based initiatives and activities for some time across multiple branches of the program. The commitment to supporting cancer epidemiology cohorts also is long-term. Establishing the CC Team is a reflection of this commitment.

The CC Team expands EGRP's efforts through a variety of initiatives addressing the establishment of infrastructure, promotion of large-scale data integration within the framework of epidemiology, and interdisciplinary initiatives promoting the acceleration of the translational pipeline. Examples include:

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Key Publications

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Name / Title / Contact Info Interest Areas

Seminara, Daniela, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Senior Scientist and Team Lead

Phone: (240) 276-6748

Dr. Seminara will be on an Intergovernment Personnel ActExternal Web Site Policy assignment to the Stanford Cancer InstituteExternal Web Site Policy as a Consulting Professor in Population Sciences. During this time, Dr. Seminara can be reached via e-mail for science-related questions but will not have any grants management responsibilities or input on funding decisions.

  • Genomic epidemiology of cancer, including gene-gene and gene-environment interactions
  • Application of genomic epidemiology to public health, disease prevention, and therapy
  • Cross-disciplinary knowledge synthesis in cancer and other complex diseases
  • Familial cancer registries
  • Collaborative research through interdisciplinary cancer consortia, including data sharing policies

Kennedy, Amy, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6723

  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Public health genomics
  • Effect modifiers in genetic association studies
  • Gene-gene and gene-environment interactions
  • Cancer/health disparities
  • Childhood cancer

Lane, Crystal, M.P.H., M.S.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

Phone: (240) 276-6771

  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC)
  • Improving the quality of post-treatment survival for cancer patients
  • Generating collaborative resources for cancer prevention, care, and research

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