Dr. Nancy Krieger, professor of social epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was named recipient of an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor Award on April 2. It is one of the most prestigious awards offered by the organization.
The Clinical Research Professor Award is for mid-career investigators who have made seminal contributions to cancer research and who are expected to continue providing leadership in their research area. The five-year award is highly competitive; no more than two candidates are appointed per year.
Dr. Krieger works to challenge the mainstream approach to social inequalities in cancer, with the goal of establishing a sound scientific basis for the elimination of these inequalities. Among her priority areas: challenging the persistence of scientific work that present data on “race” with scant or no data on socioeconomic position, discrimination, or historical context, or trends in cancer inequities. She has conducted research on topics such as racial discrimination and risk of chronic disease; Jim Crow and health disparities; and cancer and changing trends in U.S. mortality inequities. Read more