Past Awardees

Each year, the ODP awards the Early-Stage Investigator Lecture to one or more early-career prevention scientists who have not yet competed successfully for a substantial NIH-supported research project, but are poised to become leaders in prevention research.

2017 Awardees

Justin C. Brown, Ph.D.
Research Fellow in Population Sciences
Dana–Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School

Lecture Title: A Phase II Randomized Clinical Trial To Evaluate the Dose–Response Effects of Exercise on Prognostic Biomarkers Among Colon Cancer Survivors

Dr. Brown's research program works to identify the specific biological and biobehavioral pathways through which energy balance–related lifestyle factors—including physical activity, dietary patterns, and body composition—influence cancer prevention and control. His methodologic expertise is in the design and conduct of randomized controlled trials and cohort studies. Dr. Brown has published over 45 peer–reviewed papers in leading scientific journals, such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and is an editorial board member of BMC Cancer. In 2013, he received the citation award for authoring the most frequently cited paper in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. He has presented invited lectures on the role of lifestyle for cancer prevention and control across the United States, and his research has been featured in several major news outlets.

Katherine Keyes, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Columbia University

Lecture Title: Alcohol Use and Morbidity Across Historical Time: What Does Variation Tell Us About Environmental Determinants of Alcohol-Related Outcomes?

Dr. Keyes' research focuses on life course epidemiology with particular attention to psychiatric disorders, including examination of fetal origins of child and adult health, long–term outcomes of adverse childhood environments, and cross-generational cohort effects on substance use, mental health, and chronic disease. She is particularly interested in the development of epidemiological theory to measure and elucidate the drivers of population health. Dr. Keyes is an expert in methodological issues in age–period–cohort effect estimation, and her empirical work with this method has examined a range of outcomes including obesity, perinatal outcomes, substance use disorders, and psychological distress. She is the author of more than 170 peer–reviewed publications as well as two textbooks published by Oxford University Press with co–author Sandro Galea: Epidemiology Matters: A New Introduction to Methodological Foundation, published in 2014, and Population Health Science, published in 2016.

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2017 ODP Early-Stage Investigator Award Winners Lectures

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