Dr. Julie Palmer, professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), has been named director of the Slone Epidemiology Center. She has served as the associate director of the center since 2016 and replaced Dr. David Kaufman, professor of epidemiology at BUSPH, on July 1.
“The Slone Center already has faculty and collaborators from several schools and departments within Boston University, and I look forward to the development of additional partnerships,” says Dr. Palmer, who also serves as the director of the BU-BMC Cancer Center, and was recently named the Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Professor of hematology and medical oncology at Boston University School of Medicine.
Founded in 1975, the Slone Epidemiology Center is a research organization that focuses on studying the possible health effects of a variety of factors in adults and children, including behavioral, psychosocial, socioeconomic, environmental, and genetic factors.
Dr. Palmer has focused much of her research on understanding the disproportionately high incidence of a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer, hormone receptor negative breast cancer, in African American women, and on reducing the racial disparities in breast cancer mortality. She is a founder and principal investigator of the Black Women’s Health Study, one of Slone’s key research programs.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 19