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Event Type:  Webinar (This is an NIH Science event)
Title:  Cancer-Related Risks Among People Who Are Opioid Dependent
Description:  Dr. Claire Vajdic is a cancer epidemiologist leading a program of research on the causes and consequences of cancer, and disparities in cancer care. Her vision is to use "big data" to support precision cancer prevention and cancer care. She uses traditional epidemiological study designs as well as integrated registry, survey, clinical, genomic, and routine administrative health data.

Dr. Vajdic uses her expertise in study design and data integration to successfully lead large-scale projects that have demonstrably improved clinical practice and public health policy through effective collaboration with clinicians, scientists, and consumers. For example, her research on the risk factors for ocular melanoma formed the basis of the decision by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to classify sun exposure as having "limited evidence" of carcinogenesis on risk of ocular melanoma. Dr. Vajdic’s research comparing cancer risk in people with HIV and transplant recipients resulted in a paradigm shift in our understanding of the role of immune function in the prevention of a wide range of cancers (and is heavily cited in IARC monographs on infectious organisms). This data also supported the initiation of highly active anti-retroviral therapy at HIV diagnosis in current U.S. and Australian guidelines. Her research on the cancer incidence profile in kidney transplant recipients was influential in the development of the current global clinical practice guidelines, specifically those related to managing cancer risk.

In this webinar, Dr. Vajdic will review her research on the cancer profile of adults registered for opioid substitution therapy. She will discuss the methods and findings and highlight the sparse data available for this high-risk group.
Series Name:  Cancer Epidemiologic Research in Understudied Populations Webinar Series
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Thursday, June 07, 2018   9:00am - 10:00am Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
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Name:   Claire Vajdic, Ph.D.
Title:   Head of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit
Organization:   The University of New South Wales

Organization(s):  National Cancer Institute - Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Location:  Off Campus
Building:  Webinar
Other Information:  Registration is free but mandatory. Please register at

Name:   Hamdi Abdi
Name:   Damali Martin
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