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Annual Meetings

The 2022 Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting was held virtually on November 1-2, 2022.

Materials from the meeting will remain available on the website, such as information about the speakers and the meeting materials. Please visit the website for more information.

Recordings from the two-day meeting will be made available in late January, more information will be shared once available.

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NCI Cohort Consortium Webinar Series

Overview:

The purpose of this new webinar series is to share best practices for cancer epidemiology cohorts, identify challenges and share possible solutions, foster career development, and provide an opportunity to test out new ideas in a supportive environment. The idea for a webinar series, which emanated from the consortium’s two-year strategic planning process, was one of several strategies to help advance the mission of the consortium. Learn more about the NCI Cohort Consortium Strategic Initiatives.

Any interested individual is invited to participate; however, pre-registration is required. Each presentation will be about 30-40 minutes in length and allow for 30 minutes of discussion. Instructions for connecting to the webinars will be sent via e-mail to individuals who register.

Suggestions for webinar topic ideas can be submitted using the webinar proposal form, which will be reviewed by the Steering Committee.

Upcoming Topics and Speakers

There are currently no upcoming webinars scheduled.

Note: Additional speakers and topics may be added in the future.

Past Webinar Topics and Speakers

Dec 1 2022

Using the All of Us Research Program Data for Cancer Researchers

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

Sheri Schully, PhDExternal Web Site Policy
Deputy Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
Division of Medical and Scientific Research
All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health

Michael Lyons, PhD
Scientific Project Manager
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Lina Sulieman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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The Research Program is enrolling a diverse group of at least 1 million persons in the United States to accelerate biomedical research and improve health of individuals and populations. In this webinar, the speakers gave a quick introduction to the current status of the cohort and provided a hands-on training session for scientists interested in accessing and analyzing All of Us Data.

Using the All of Us Research Program Data for Cancer Researchers
Nov 16 2022

Using Medicare Data for Cancer Research

Heather Eliassen, ScDExternal Web Site Policy
Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Lindsey Enewold, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist
Healthcare Assessment Research Branch
Healthcare Delivery Research Program

James V. Lacey, Jr., PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Professor and Director
Division of Health Analytics
Department of Computational and Qualitative Medicine

Moderators:

Yu Chen, PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Professor of Epidemiology
Departments of Population Health and Environmental Medicine
New York University School of Medicine

Lynne Wilkens, DrPH, MSExternal Web Site Policy
Director, Biostatistics Shared Resource, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Associate Director, Shared Resources, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Full Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

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This webinar builds upon the "Perspectives on CMS Linkage for Cancer Research in Cohort Studies" presentation during the NCI Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting. This webinar described cohort investigators' experiences with conducting Medicare linkages.

Using Medicare Data for Cancer Research
June 17 2022

Geospatial Data and Methods for Characterizing Social and Built Environments in Cohorts

Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Co-Director, Biostatistics and Population Sciences Core
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California, San Francisco

Moderators:

Jessica Petrick, PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Epidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

Yin Cao, ScD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Public Health Sciences
Department of Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine

View Webinar Description

This webinar included an overview of theoretical frameworks and data resources for measuring structural and social determinants of health with geospatial data. In addition, innovative methods/approaches for characterizing the attributes of the neighborhood in both non-diseased and cancer survivor cohort studies was presented. Lastly, opportunities and challenges in applying geospatial data and methods were discussed.

Geospatial Data and Methods for Characterizing Social and Built Environments in Cohorts
Oct 20 2021

Measurements of Aging to Use in Cancer Cohort Studies

Elizabeth Feliciano, ScD, SMExternal Web Site Policy
Research Scientist II, Division of Research
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Moderators:

Bette Caan, DrPHExternal Web Site Policy
Research Scientist III, Division of Research
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Samuel Antwi, PhDExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, College of Medicine and Science
Associate Consultant, Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic

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Learn more about common measurements of aging that may be done using existing cancer epidemiology cohort survey data and biospecimens. Frailty measures and aging trajectory data was presented from the Women’s Health Initiative and other cohorts, and use of non-cancer comparison groups was discussed.

Measurements of Aging to Use in Cancer Cohort Studies
Sep 13 2021

Early-onset Colorectal Cancer: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?

Peter Campbell, PhD, MSc
Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Yin Cao, ScD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Professor of Surgery
Washington University in St. Louis

Moderators:

Jessica Petrick, PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Neil Murphy, PhDExternal Web Site Policy
Epidemiologist, Section of Nutrition and Metabolism, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France

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Early-onset colorectal cancer incidence, defined as arising in individuals <50 years of age, has been rapidly rising in the United States and globally. However, reasons for this increasing trend remain unclear. This webinar described early-onset colorectal cancer trends, etiologic studies, and methodological challenges and opportunities within the NCI Cohort Consortium to conduct research on rare tumor “subtypes”. Participants learned more about the Colorectal Cancer Pooling Project and other similar pooling projects and how these efforts can build upon and link with larger ongoing research in this area.

Early-onset Colorectal Cancer: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?
Apr 6 2021

The Value of Tumor Immune Analyses in Population Studies

Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD, MSExternal Web Site Policy
Chief of Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Program, Department of Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Professor, Harvard Medical School (Pathology) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Epidemiology)

Moderators:

Melissa Merritt, PhDExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Assistant Professor (Assistant Researcher), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Stephanie Schmit, PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Staff, Genomic Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic
Member, Cancer Prevention Control & Population Research Program, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Tumor pathologic features are routinely examined in every cancer case and inform clinical decision making. Across many cancer types, there is a growing interest in immune cells within the tumor microenvironment, which are often strongly associated with patient survival. This webinar will discuss various strategies of immune analyses (including use of routine pathology slides) in population studies. Participants will learn how to incorporate and utilize tumor characteristics data, especially immune cell infiltrates, in population studies. Studies of the associations between exposures and tumor pathology subtypes may provide insight into the etiology of cancer and mechanisms of cancer development.

The Value of Tumor Immune Analyses in Population Studies
Jan 12 2021

Push Button Data Sharing: Web-Based Self-Service and Automated Data Delivery in the California Teachers Study

James V. Lacey, Jr., PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Professor and Director, Division of Health Analytics, Department of Computational and Quantitative Medicine
City of Hope

Emma Spielfogel, BAExternal Web Site Policy
Data Analyst, California Teachers Study (CTS)
City of Hope

Moderators:

Samuel Antwi, PhDExternal Web Site Policy
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, College of Medicine and Science
Associate Consultant, Department of Health Sciences Research
Mayo Clinic

Michael Jones, PhD, MsCExternal Web Site Policy
Senior Staff Scientist, Division of Genetics and Epidemiology
Institute of Cancer Research, London

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The California Teachers Study (CTS), a cancer risk cohort study, has developed tools to automate data sharing. This webinar provided a demonstration of those tools as well as an overview of the data and technology that those tools use. The promotion of data sharing is a goal area of the Cohort Consortium. Cohort investigators and research teams will gain a better understanding of how they can request and use CTS data in their individual or Consortium projects and take steps to share their data in similar ways.

Push Button Data Sharing: Web-Based Self-Service and Automated Data Delivery in the California Teachers Study
Nov 9 2020

Supporting Early Career Investigators in Cancer: Building Professional Resilience and Supportive Networks in Uncertain Times

Moderators:

Katie O’Brien, PhD, MSPH
Staff Scientist, Chronic Disease Epidemiology Group
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Erika Rees-Punia, PhD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Principal Scientist, Epidemiology and Behavioral Research
American Cancer Society

Speakers:

Kimberly Bertrand, ScD, MPHExternal Web Site Policy
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Slone Epidemiology Center
Boston University

Julianne Lunde, MAExternal Web Site Policy
Program Manager, Lymphoma Epidemiology Laboratory
Mayo Clinic

Lauren McCullough, PhD, MSPHExternal Web Site Policy
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health
Member, Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University

Rosalie Waller, PhDExternal Web Site Policy
Research Associate, Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Health Sciences Research
Mayo Clinic

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The NCI Cohort Consortium Associate Member Council (AMC) is the representative body of early career investigators within the NCI Cohort Consortium. It serves to engage and support early career investigators through professional development, career networking opportunities, and research collaborations within the NCI Cohort Consortium and to position members of the next generation of investigators to attain leadership roles within the Consortium. This webinar included a panel discussion in which speakers addressed skills for navigating work and productivity during the pandemic. Strategies included goal setting, saying “no” and protecting your time (and sanity), networking and leading teams remotely, and starting a new position during the pandemic.

Supporting Early Career Investigators in Cancer: Building Professional Resilience and Supportive Networks in Uncertain Times
Jun 29 2020

COronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) Consortium: An Update

Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH
Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Vice chair, Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Chief, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

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In March 2020, Dr. Andrew T. Chan organized the COronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) consortiumExternal Web Site Policy, which includes over 20 cohorts that have deployed a mobile app to collect real-time data about COVID-19 across three countries. In this webinar, Dr. Chan provided an update on the progress of COPE, lessons learned so far, and implementation in cancer cohorts.

COronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) Consortium: An Update