UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was well represented at the recent forty-eighth annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). Held in Denver June 16-19, the international professional conference, sponsored by the largest general epidemiology society, was attended by 79 people associated with the Gillings School, including 57 alumni, several of whom were meeting and Society awardees.
SER career awards were presented to alumni Dr. Louise Brinton (Career Accomplishment Award); Dr. Sunni Mumford (Brian MacMahon Early Career Epidemiologist Award); and Dr. Ashley Naimi (Lilienfeld Postdoctoral Prize Paper Award). Dr. Brinton is chief of the hormonal and reproductive epidemiology branch in the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics; Dr. Mumford is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the epidemiology branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Division of Intramural Population Health Research; and Dr. Naimi is assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate member in epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health at McGill University.
Epidemiology doctoral students Ms. Anna Bauer and Ms. Eboneé Butler participated in the annual SER dissertation workshop in which a team of leading epidemiologists work with outstanding doctoral students to refine their project plans. Doctoral student Ms. Julia Ward was awarded a meeting scholarship. In their poster sessions, doctoral students Ms. Angela Liu and Ms. Kristen Moore won best student poster and best poster overall, respectively.
“We’re so proud of our continuing strong influence at the annual meeting of the major general epidemiologic society in the country” said Dr. Andrew Olshan, professor and chair of the Gillings School’s department of epidemiology, who also attended the conference. “The UNC presence is striking. Our alumni attend in large numbers, and we are quite visible at the oral presentation and posters sessions, as well as being winners of career awards.”
The Society for Epidemiologic Research was established in 1968. At the annual meeting, two of UNC’s former faculty and legendary epidemiologists, the late Drs. John Cassel and Al Tyroler, are honored, respectively, with a special keynote lecture and the society’s dissertation award.
More than 900 epidemiology professionals attended this year’s conference.