Dr. Julie Palmer, professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and associate director of the BU Slone Epidemiology Center, has been named a Komen Scholar by the breast cancer research nonprofit Susan G. Komen.
She is one of 10 new Komen Scholars, joining an advisory group of leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy. Chosen for their knowledge, leadership, and contributions to breast cancer research, Komen Scholars lead and participate as reviewers in Komen’s scientific peer review process, and serve as experts and advocates for Komen’s nationwide network of Affiliates and in communities around the globe.
Dr. Palmer’s research focuses on the disproportionately high incidence of hormone receptor negative breast cancer in African American women, and on understanding and reducing racial disparities in breast cancer mortality. She is a founding leader of the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS), a prospective cohort study of 59,000 African American women begun in 1995.
“I am honored to be selected as a Komen Scholar,” Dr. Palmer says. “Susan G. Komen has a long history of working to decrease breast cancer health disparities, most recently with their African American Health Equity Initiative, which makes community engagement the foundation of change. I hope to contribute to these activities in my role as an advisor, while continuing with my own research projects.”