Julie Palmer, ScD
Boston University, USA
Dr. Julie Palmer is Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, Associate Director of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, and Associate Director for Population Sciences for the Boston University Cancer Center. She received her BA from Brown University, MPH from Boston University, and doctorate from Harvard University. Dr. Palmer’s major research interest is the etiology of breast cancer, with a particular focus on African American women. She was instrumental in designing and implementing the Black Women’s Health Study, a cohort study of 59,000 women, and has served as co-PI of the study since its inception in 1995. In addition to her work identifying modifiable and genetic risk factors for estrogen receptor negative breast cancer in women of African ancestry, she has led efforts to develop an effective risk prediction tool for breast cancer in African American women. Dr. Palmer is Chair of the NIH Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section. She serves on the Steering Committee of the NCI Cohort Consortium and the Scientific Advisory Boards of the NIEHS Sister Study, the University of Pittsburgh Shanghai and Singapore Cohort Studies, and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.