Julie R. Palmer, ScD, MPH
Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology

ScD, Harvard University
MPH, Boston University

Pronouns: she/her/hers



Dr. Palmer is a cancer epidemiologist based at the Slone Epidemiology Center, with research projects spanning cancer early detection, etiology, and survivorship. Her primary focus is on elucidating reasons for the disproportionately high incidence of hormone receptor negative breast cancer in African American women and on understanding and reducing racial disparities in breast cancer mortality. She is a founding leader of the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS), a prospective cohort study of 59,000 African American women who enrolled in 1995 and have been followed by biennial questionnaire since that time. Her breast cancer research within the BWHS includes work on risk prediction models for breast cancer in African American women, identifying differences in childbearing patterns as a contributing cause to the excess incidence of estrogen receptor negative breast cancer in African American women, and investigating the interrelationships of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and inflammation on breast cancer risk. Her current grants support work on somatic mutations, epigenetics, and gene expressions profiles in breast cancer tumors from African American women, setting the stage for a better understanding of the role of epidemiologic and genetic factors in etiology and prognosis. Dr. Palmer has served on many NIH and external advisory committees, including as Chair of the NIH Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section, 2015-2017, and Co-Chair of a Working Group for the National Cancer Advisory Board, NCI, 2018-2019.

Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology


Director
Boston University School of Medicine
Slone Epidemiology Center


Co-Director
Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center


Member
Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


Member
Boston University
Genome Science Institute



2019 Boston University School of Medicine: Karin Grunebaum Professor in Cancer Research
2018 Susan G. Komen Foundation: Komen Scholar
2017 American Association for Cancer Research: AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities
2011 National Cancer Institute: Outstanding Service Award
2011 Boston University School of Public Health: Distinguished Alumni Award


Testing scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women
06/12/2020 - 01/31/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Julie R. Palmer, ScD, MPH
NIH/National Inst on Minority Health and Health Disparities
5R01MD014312-02

Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors
01/08/2019 - 12/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5R01CA228357-03

Relationships between parity, breastfeeding and ER- breast cancer in African American women: elucidating the biologic underpinnings at the molecular and cellular level
12/04/2018 - 11/30/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Health Research, Inc. NIH NCI
5R01CA225947-03

A Follow-up Study for Causes of Cancer in Black Women
09/30/2017 - 08/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Julie R. Palmer, ScD, MPH
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5U01CA164974-11

Breast Cancer genetic study in African-ancestry populations
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center NIH NCI
5R01CA202981-05

Psychosocial Stress and Molecular Profiles of Breast Tumors from African American Women
06/19/2018 - 06/18/2022 (PI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure


Somatic Mutations and Their Etiological Determinants for Breast Cancer in African American Women
02/01/2019 - 01/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Health Research, Inc. NIH NCI
5R01CA228156-03

Institutional Research Grant
01/01/2018 - 12/31/2021 (PI)
American Cancer Society, Inc.


VA241-17-D-0092 VA Master Contract - Task Order 17
10/15/2019 - 10/14/2020 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System


Continuation of Follow-up of DES-exposed Cohorts
09/22/2015 - 09/21/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute


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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Testing scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women 5R01MD014312-02
2021 Somatic Mutations and Their Etiological Determinants for Breast Cancer in African American Women 5R01CA228156-03
2021 Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors 5R01CA228357-03
2021 Relationships between parity, breastfeeding and ER- breast cancer in African American women: Elucidating the biologic underpinnings at the molecular and cellular level. 5R01CA225947-03
2021 A Follow-up Study for Causes of Cancer in Black Women 5U01CA164974-11 21
2020 Testing scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women 1R01MD014312-01A1
2020 Somatic Mutations and Their Etiological Determinants for Breast Cancer in African American Women 5R01CA228156-02
2020 Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors 5R01CA228357-02
2020 Relationships between parity, breastfeeding and ER- breast cancer in African American women: Elucidating the biologic underpinnings at the molecular and cellular level. 5R01CA225947-02
2020 Breast Cancer genetic study in African-ancestry populations 5R01CA202981-05
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  1. Wu Y, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA. Admixture mapping of anthropometric traits in the Black Women's Health Study: evidence of a shared African ancestry component with birth weight and type 2 diabetes. J Hum Genet. 2022 Jan 12. PMID: 35017682
     
  2. Gathirua-Mwangi WG, Palmer JR, Champion V, Castro-Webb N, Stokes AC, Adams-Campbell L, Marley AR, Forman MR, Rosenberg L, Bertrand KA. Maximum and Time-Dependent Body Mass Index and Breast Cancer Incidence Among Postmenopausal Women in the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jan 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35020804
     
  3. Bertrand KA, O'Brien KM, Wright LB, Palmer JR, Blot WJ, Eliassen AH, Rosenberg L, Sandin S, Tobias D, Weiderpass E, Zheng W, Swerdlow AJ, Schoemaker MJ, Nichols HB, Sandler DP. Gestational diabetes and risk of breast cancer before age 55 years. Int J Epidemiol. 2022 Jan 06; 50(6):1936-1947.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34999884; PMCID: PMC8743115; DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyab165;
     
  4. Potter AL, Yang CJ, Woolpert KM, Puttaraju T, Suzuki K, Palmer JR. Evaluating Eligibility of US Black Women Under USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines. JAMA Oncol. 2022 Jan 01; 8(1):163-164. PMID: 34817564
     
  5. Yiannakou I, Barber LE, Li S, Adams-Campbell LL, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Petrick JL. A Prospective Analysis of Red and Processed Meat Intake in Relation to Colorectal Cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. J Nutr. 2021 Dec 15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34910194
     
  6. Bitsie KR, Cheng TD, McCann SE, Zirpoli G, Yao S, Bandera EV, Kolonel LN, Rosenberg L, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB. Dietary Vitamin A and Breast Cancer Risk in Black Women: The African American Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Risk (AMBER) Consortium. J Nutr. 2021 Dec 03; 151(12):3725-3737.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34494098; PMCID: PMC8643579; DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxab278;
     
  7. Barber LE, Zirpoli GR, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L, Petrick JL, Bertrand KA, Palmer JR. Neighborhood disadvantage and individual-level life stressors in relation to breast cancer incidence in US Black women. Breast Cancer Res. 2021 11 22; 23(1):108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34809694; PMCID: PMC8609879; DOI: 10.1186/s13058-021-01483-y;
     
  8. Shields AE, Zhang Y, Argentieri MA, Warner ET, Cozier YC, Liu C, Dye CK, Kent BV, Baccarelli AA, Palmer JR. Stress and spirituality in relation to HPA axis gene methylation among US Black women: results from the Black Women's Health Study and the Study on Stress, Spirituality and Health. Epigenomics. 2021 11; 13(21):1711-1734.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34726080; PMCID: PMC8579940; DOI: 10.2217/epi-2021-0275;
     
  9. Petrick JL, Wilkinson JE, Michaud DS, Cai Q, Gerlovin H, Signorello LB, Wolpin BM, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Long J, Yang Y, Johnson WE, Shu XO, Huttenhower C, Palmer JR. The oral microbiome in relation to pancreatic cancer risk in African Americans. Br J Cancer. 2022 Feb; 126(2):287-296.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34718358
     
  10. Yadav S, Hu C, Nathanson KL, Weitzel JN, Goldgar DE, Kraft P, Gnanaolivu RD, Na J, Huang H, Boddicker NJ, Larson N, Gao C, Yao S, Weinberg C, Vachon CM, Trentham-Dietz A, Taylor JA, Sandler DR, Patel A, Palmer JR, Olson JE, Neuhausen S, Martinez E, Lindstrom S, Lacey JV, Kurian AW, John EM, Haiman C, Bernstein L, Auer PW, Anton-Culver H, Ambrosone CB, Karam R, Chao E, Yussuf A, Pesaran T, Dolinsky JS, Hart SN, LaDuca H, Polley EC, Domchek SM, Couch FJ. Germline Pathogenic Variants in Cancer Predisposition Genes Among Women With Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast. J Clin Oncol. 2021 12 10; 39(35):3918-3926. PMID: 34672684; PMCID: PMC8660003; DOI: 10.1200/JCO.21.00640;
     
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Bar chart showing 413 publications over 37 distinct years, with a maximum of 34 publications in 2016

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