June 25, 2010
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center members, Cheryl Thompson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine-Research and Nora Nock, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, each received the TREC Trainee Award for Excellence at the June 2010 national meeting of the Trandisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Centers with the NCI. They were each recognized for excellence in conduct of transdiciplinary research in energetics and cancer, and for exemplifying outstanding leadership, collaboration, and productivity as TREC Trainees.
The Case TREC Center conducts research in collaboration with TREC Centers at the University of Minnesota, University of Southern California and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Funded by the NCI, TREC research is focused on areas of energy balance and their relation to cancer across the spectrum, from causation to treatment and survivorship over all age groups. Nathan Berger, MD serves as PI of the NCI grant at Case and Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD, Joseph Nadeau, PhD, Li Li, MD, PhD, and Susan Redline, MD, MPH are project leaders. Both Drs. Thompson and Nock have been conducting research with these investigators for the past four years.
Dr. Thompson was recognized for her work with Dr. Li defining risk factors for premalignant colon lesions, and particularly for her work in demonstrating short sleep duration as a risk factor for colon adenomas.
Dr. Nock was recognized for development of novel modeling methods to evaluate factors connecting energy balance to cancer including body composition, genetics and neuroimaging measures. In addition, Dr. Nock was recognized for her work with Dr. Redline identifying sleep as an integral component of the metabolic syndrome.
Both Drs. Thompson and Nock have NIH K07 awards to continue independent research based in part on their activities in TREC. Dr. Thompson's K07 focuses on the genetic epidemiology of energy balance and breast Cancer; Dr. Nock's K07 focuses on Pathway Modeling of Complex Energy Balance and Toxin Response Systems in Cancer.