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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

Rutgers Student Wins Best Student Oral Presentation Award at 2016 NAACCR Conference

Ms. Aishwarya Kulkarni, who recently completed her Masters of Public Health with a specialization in epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health, won the first place award for the best Student Oral Presentation at the recent 2016 North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, held in St. Louis, MO.

Aishwarya Kulkarni_NAACCR Award
[Photo: Ms. Aishwarya Kulkarni]

This conference is held annually for professionals interested in enhancing the quality and use of cancer registry data. This year’s conference presented multiple perspectives on cancer surveillance in North America and addressed potential future needs and directions.

During the conference, Ms. Aishwarya Kulkarni was recognized for her presentation on the “Incidence of Triple Negative Breast Cancer in New Jersey, 2008-2013.” This research study, which was led by Dr. Adana Llanos, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health, and in collaboration with Dr. Antoinette Stroup and staff at the New Jersey State Cancer Registry, supports numerous studies showing that younger, minority women, namely non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic women, are at increased risk for triple negative breast cancer.  Findings from this study also highlight the need for greater understanding of the mechanisms leading to this aggressive type of breast cancer and the need for enhanced screening, among groups at greater risk, to promote earlier diagnosis.