Julie R. Palmer, ScD
Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

MPH, Boston University
ScD, Harvard University



Dr. Julie Palmer is Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. She received her B.A. from Brown University, M.P.H from Boston University, and Sc.D. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public health. A major research interest is the etiology of breast cancer in African American women. Dr. Palmer was instrumental in designing and implementing the Black Women's Health Study and has served as co-investigator of the study since its inception in 1995.  Dr. Palmer is director of genetic research in the Black Women’s Health Study and has spearheaded efforts to use DNA from study participants in genetic analyses of breast and colon cancer, lupus, uterine fibroids, and sarcoidosis.  Her group is following up findings from European and Asian ancestry breast cancer GWAS by genotyping the associated genetic regions in Black Women’s Health Study samples.  In addition to her genetic studies, Dr. Palmer’s current research focuses on the relation of reproductive and anthropometric factors to breast cancer subtypes. Also with regard to breast cancer, Dr. Palmer is PI of the Boston University center of a collaborative follow-up study of DES-exposed cohorts and published findings of a positive association of prenatal diethylstilbestrol exposure with risk of breast cancer. Dr. Palmer’s work extends beyond cancer epidemiology. Since 2004, she has established a program of research into modifiable causes of type 2 diabetes within the Black Women’s Health Study.

Center Faculty Member
Boston University School of Public Health
Slone Epidemiology Center




Expanding the Inclusion of Spirituality/Religiosity Measures within National Cohort Studies in the U.S.
04/01/2014 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital John Templeton Fdn

Continuation of Follow-up of DES-exposed Cohorts
09/22/2015 - 09/21/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Uncoupling obesity from breast cancer in African American women
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
4U01CA182898-04

A Prospective Investigation of the Oral Microbiome and Pancreatic Cancer
09/08/2015 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5U01CA187508-02

Epidemiology of Breast Cancer Subtypes in African-American Women: A Consortium
08/01/2012 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
Roswell Park Cancer Institute NIH NCI
5P01CA151135-05

Breast Cancer genetic study in African-ancestry populations
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center NIH NCI
1R01CA202981-01

Uncoupling Obesity from Breast Cancer in African American Women
09/24/2013 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5U01CA182898-03

Continuation of Follow-up of DES-exposed Cohorts
09/30/2010 - 09/21/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

IndexUS: The Black Women's Health Index
03/01/2015 - 06/30/2015 (Co-PI)
PI: Traci N. Bethea, PhD, MPA
Black Women's Health Imperative

Gene Polymorphisms in Relation to Cancer in Black Women
05/01/2003 - 04/30/2015 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5R01CA098663-07

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2016 Breast Cancer genetic study in African-ancestry populations 1R01CA202981-01
2016 A Prospective Investigation of the Oral Microbiome and Pancreatic Cancer 5U01CA187508-02
2016 Uncoupling obesity from breast cancer in African American women 4U01CA182898-04 12
2015 A Prospective Investigation of the Oral Microbiome and Pancreatic Cancer 1U01CA187508-01A1
2015 Uncoupling obesity from breast cancer in African American women 5U01CA182898-03 12
2015 Uncoupling obesity from breast cancer in African American women 3U01CA182898-02S1 12
2015 Epidemiology of Breast Cancer Subtypes in African American Women: a Consortium 5P01CA151135-05 33
2015 Reproduction, Lactation and Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer Subtypes 5P01CA151135-05-5838 33
2014 Uncoupling obesity from breast cancer in African American women 5U01CA182898-02 12
2014 Epidemiology of Breast Cancer Subtypes in African American Women: a Consortium 5P01CA151135-04 33
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  1. Nichols HB, Schoemaker MJ, Wright LB, McGowan C, Brook MN, McClain KM, Jones ME, Adami HO, Agnoli C, Baglietto L, Bernstein L, Bertrand KA, Blot WJ, Boutron-Ruault MC, Butler L, Chen Y, Doody MM, Dossus L, Eliassen AH, Giles GG, Gram IT, Hankinson SE, Hoffman-Bolton J, Kaaks R, Key TJ, Kirsh VA, Kitahara CM, Koh WP, Larsson SC, Lund E, Ma H, Merritt MA, Milne RL, Navarro C, Overvad K, Ozasa K, Palmer JR, Peeters PH, Riboli E, Rohan TE, Sadakane A, Sund M, Tamimi RM, Trichopoulou A, Vatten L, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Willett WC, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zheng W, Sandler DP, Swerdlow AJ. The Premenopausal Breast Cancer Collaboration: A pooling project of studies participating in the National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Jun 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28600297.
  2. Chetwynd EM, Stuebe AM, Rosenberg L, Troester M, Rowley D, Palmer JR. Cumulative lactation and onset of hypertension in African American women. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 May 23. PMID: 28535171.
  3. Yao S, Hong CC, Bandera EV, Zhu Q, Liu S, Cheng TD, Zirpoli G, Haddad SA, Lunetta KL, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, McCann SE, Troester MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB. Demographic, lifestyle, and genetic determinants of circulating concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and vitamin D-binding protein in African American and European American women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jun; 105(6):1362-1371.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28424184; DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.116.143248;.
  4. Williams LA, Olshan AF, Hong CC, Bandera EV, Rosenberg L, Cheng TD, Lunetta KL, McCann SE, Poole C, Kolonel LN, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB, Troester MA. Alcohol Intake and Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women from the AMBER Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 May; 26(5):787-794.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28420652; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0792;.
  5. Feng Y, Rhie SK, Huo D, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, Haddad SA, Ambrosone CB, John EM, Bernstein L, Zheng W, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Nyante S, Bandera EV, Ingles SA, Press MF, Deming SL, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Zheng Y, Yao S, Han YJ, Ogundiran TO, Rebbeck TR, Adebamowo C, Ojengbede O, Falusi AG, Hennis A, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Blot W, Cai Q, Signorello L, Nathanson KL, Lunetta KL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Bensen JT, Chanock SJ, Le Marchand L, Olshan AF, Kolonel LN, Conti DV, Coetzee G, Stram DO, Olopade OI, Palmer JR, Haiman CA. Characterizing Genetic Susceptibility to Breast Cancer in Women of African Ancestry. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Apr 04.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28377418; DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0567;.
  6. VanderWeele TJ, Palmer JR, Shields AE. VanderWeele et al. Respond to "Church Attendance and Mortality". Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Apr 01; 185(7):526-528. PMID: 28338843; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kww181;.
  7. VanderWeele TJ, Yu J, Cozier YC, Wise L, Argentieri MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Shields AE. Attendance at Religious Services, Prayer, Religious Coping, and Religious/Spiritual Identity as Predictors of All-Cause Mortality in the Black Women''s Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Apr 01; 185(7):515-522.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28338863; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kww179;.
  8. Sponholtz TR, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Hatch EE, Adams-Campbell LL, Wise LA. Reproductive factors and incidence of endometrial cancer in U.S. black women. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Jun; 28(6):579-588.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28361447; DOI: 10.1007/s10552-017-0880-4;.
  9. Wang H, Schmit SL, Haiman CA, Keku TO, Kato I, Palmer JR, van den Berg D, Wilkens LR, Burnett T, Conti DV, Schumacher FR, Signorello LB, Blot WJ, Zanetti KA, Harris C, Pande M, Berndt SI, Newcomb PA, West DW, Haile R, Stram DO, Figueiredo JC, Le Marchand L. Novel colon cancer susceptibility variants identified from a genome-wide association study in African Americans. Int J Cancer. 2017 Jun 15; 140(12):2728-2733. PMID: 28295283; DOI: 10.1002/ijc.30687;.
  10. Haddad SA, Palmer JR, Lunetta KL, Ng MC, Ruiz-Narváez EA. A novel TCF7L2 type 2 diabetes SNP identified from fine mapping in African American women. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0172577.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28253288; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172577;.
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Bar chart showing 306 publications over 32 distinct years, with a maximum of 32 publications in 2016

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