William J. Blot, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Dr. Blot is an epidemiologist and biostatistician who has appointments both at Vanderbilt University (Professor of Medicine) and the International Epidemiology Institute (Chief Executive Officer and co-founder), and formerly was Chief of NCI’s Biostatistics Branch. He has headed large multi-centered case-control and cohort studies, including many in the southeastern US that dealt directly with exposure characteristics of southern and rural populations and those that have assessed racial differentials in cancer rates and risks. He research interests span across numerous environmental and genetic causes of cancer, particularly those affecting the respiratory system and digestive tract.
See Dr. Blot’s publications on PubMed here
Margaret K. Hargreaves, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Hargreaves is a Professor of Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College. A nutritionist by training, Dr. Hargreaves’ research interests have expanded into the behavioral aspects of disease prevention, especially cancer. Her research has involved assessing risks and changing risk behaviors among African Americans, including those that assess dietary and other risk factors for chronic diseases known to cause excess deaths among African Americans and developing models that facilitate health behavior change. Dr. Hargreaves will be relating nutritional exposures and eating patterns to cancer outcomes in the SCCS cohort.
See Dr. Hargreaves’ publications on PubMed here
Wei Zheng, M.D., Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Dr. Zheng is Professor and Chief of the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he also is Director of the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research. Dr. Zheng has for over 25 years led research into the environmental and host determinants of cancer and other chronic diseases. He has directed large-scale cohort and case-control studies in both China and the United States, and developed international consortia to combine epidemiologic resources for enhanced study of issues in disease etiology and outcome. His main interests concern the genetic and molecular underpinnings of chronic diseases, especially breast, lung, colorectal and other cancers. Dr. Zheng directs the Vanderbilt Molecular Epidemiology Program managing the SCCS Biospecimen Repository.
See Dr. Zheng's publications on PubMed here
External Scientific Advisory Board Members
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and
Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics
University of Chicago Medical Center
Elizabeth A. Platz, Sc.D.
Martin D. Abeloff, M.D., Scholar in Cancer Prevention
Director, Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Training Program
Co-Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Program
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Chief Executive Officer
Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.
Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Chair, Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health
Brian E. Henderson, M.D. (Deceased)
Department of Preventive Medicine and Neurology
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Clark W. Heath, Jr., M.D.
Retired, American Cancer Society
Rubens J. Pamies, M.D. (Deceased)
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dean for Graduate Studies
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
(Board Member from 2008-2011)
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
Morehouse School of Medicine
(Board Member from 2002-2007)