June 2019 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News
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Dr. Amy F. Subar Retires from the National Cancer Institute
Amy F. Subar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., Acting Branch Chief of the Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB) will retire at the end of June after 32 years at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Throughout her career, Dr. Subar focused on developing, designing, and conducting nutrition research related to dietary methods, dietary instruments, measurement error, dietary surveillance, and nutritional epidemiology.
She led the development, evaluation, and ongoing upkeep of the NCI’s widely-used Diet History Questionnaire (DHQ), now in its third iteration, and the Automated Self-administered 24-hour Dietary Assessment Tool (ASA24).
The DHQ is a freely available food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) for use with adults 19 or more years of age to assess food and dietary supplement intakes (available in English and Spanish). Currently, more than 900 studies have registered to use the DHQ.
ASA24 is a web-based tool (available in both English and Spanish) that enables multiple, automatically coded, self-administered 24-hour recalls and/or single or multi-day food records. Since its initial 2009 release, ASA24 has been used in more than 5,000 studies to collect more than 450,000 recalls and records.
Dr. Subar has been involved in seven research studies, including the Multi-cohort Eating and Activity Study for Understanding Reporting Error (MEASURE), the Observing Protein and Nutrition Study (OPEN), the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, the Interactive Diet and Activity Tracking in AARP Study (IDATA), and the Validation Studies Pooling Project.
Additionally, she served as a major contributor to several nutrition-related strategic plans, including the NIH Obesity Research Strategic Plan in 2003 and 2011 and the trans-federal National Nutrition Research Roadmap in 2016. Dr. Subar also served as one of NCI’s two representatives on the Senior Leadership Group that oversees the NIH Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) which is currently developing the Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research. The plan emphasizes cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to advance nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to training. These opportunities complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH to improve health and to prevent or combat diseases and conditions affected by nutrition.
Over her career Dr. Subar shared her expertise with the research community in multiple ways. She mentored 20 early and mid-career nutritionists, epidemiologists, statisticians, and other scientists. She also authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited over 17,000 times. Notably, her h-index score is currently 84 (an h-index of 60 or above is considered truly exceptional).
Dr. Subar’s career has included many accomplishments; in recognition of these achievements, she recently received the David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition. She is also the recipient of nine NIH service and merit awards.
Dr. Subar came to NCI in 1987 as a Research Nutritionist and Cancer Control Fellow and, in 1990, she became a Research Nutritionist and Program Director in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control which later split into the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) and the Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP). In 1997, Dr. Subar joined the Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch (RFMMB) in the Applied Research Program (ARP) as a Research Nutritionist and Program Director where she oversaw a research portfolio and initiatives that focused on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of high-quality risk factor metrics, methods, tools, technologies, and resources for use across the cancer research continuum, as well as the assessment of cancer-related risk factors in the population. During this time, she was frequently described by colleagues as the “mother of dietary assessment methodology.” She took on similar responsibilities when she transitioned to EGRP’s RFAB in 2015. In 2018, Dr. Subar was promoted to Acting Branch Chief of RFAB.
EGRP thanks Dr. Subar for her many years of service at NCI and wishes her the best in her retirement.