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
5R01CA225947-02

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
3U01CA164974-10S1

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.


Breast Cancer genetic study in African-ancestry populations
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2021 (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 - 06/18/2021 (PI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure


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
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
2020 A Follow-up Study for Causes of Cancer in Black Women 5U01CA164974-10 21
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  1. Domchek SM, Yao S, Chen F, Hu C, Hart SN, Goldgar DE, Nathanson KL, Ambrosone CB, Haiman CA, Couch FJ, Polley EC, Palmer JR. Comparison of the Prevalence of Pathogenic Variants in Cancer Susceptibility Genes in Black Women and Non-Hispanic White Women With Breast Cancer in the United States. JAMA Oncol. 2021 May 27. PMID: 34042955
     
  2. Sarnowski C, Cousminer DL, Franceschini N, Raffield LM, Jia G, Fernández-Rhodes L, Grant SFA, Hakonarson H, Lange LA, Long J, Sofer T, Tao R, Wallace RB, Wong Q, Zirpoli G, Boerwinkle E, Bradfield JP, Correa A, Kooperberg CL, North KE, Palmer JR, Zemel BS, Zheng W, Murabito JM, Lunetta KL. Large trans-ethnic meta-analysis identifies AKR1C4 as a novel gene associated with age at menarche. Hum Reprod. 2021 May 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34021356
     
  3. Coogan PF, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Lenzy YM, Bertrand KA. Hair product use and breast cancer incidence in the Black Women's Health Study. Carcinogenesis. 2021 May 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34013957
     
  4. Wu Y, Huang R, Wang M, Bernstein L, Bethea TN, Chen C, Chen Y, Eliassen AH, Freedman ND, Gaudet MM, Gierach GL, Giles GG, Krogh V, Larsson SC, Liao LM, McCullough ML, Miller AB, Milne RL, Monroe KR, Neuhouser ML, Palmer JR, Prizment A, Reynolds P, Robien K, Rohan TE, Sandin S, Sawada N, Sieri S, Sinha R, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Tsugane S, van den Brandt PA, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Wilkens LR, Willett WC, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Ziegler RG, Smith-Warner SA. Dairy foods, calcium, and risk of breast cancer overall and for subtypes defined by estrogen receptor status: a pooled analysis of 21 cohort studies. Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 May 08. PMID: 33964859
     
  5. Du Z, Gao G, Adedokun B, Ahearn T, Lunetta KL, Zirpoli G, Troester MA, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haddad SA, Pal Choudhury P, Figueroa J, John EM, Bernstein L, Zheng W, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Nyante S, Bandera EV, Ingles SA, Mancuso N, Press MF, Deming SL, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Yao S, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbe O, Bolla MK, Dennis J, Dunning AM, Easton DF, Michailidou K, Pharoah PDP, Sandler DP, Taylor JA, Wang Q, Weinberg CR, Kitahara CM, Blot W, Nathanson KL, Hennis A, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Bensen JT, Chanock SJ, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Olopade OI, Yarney J, Awuah B, Addai Wiafe B, Conti DV, Palmer JR, Garcia-Closas M, Huo D, Haiman CA. Evaluating Polygenic Risk Scores for Breast Cancer in Women of African Ancestry. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 Mar 26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33769540
     
  6. Boynton-Jarrett R, Sponholtz TR, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Bethea TN, Wise LA. Abuse in Childhood and Risk for Sleep Disruption in Adulthood in the Black Women's Health Study. Sleep Med. 2021 Mar 10; 83:260-270.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34049046
     
  7. Watt GP, John EM, Bandera EV, Malone KE, Lynch CF, Palmer JR, Knight JA, Troester MA, Bernstein JL. Race, ethnicity and risk of second primary contralateral breast cancer in the United States. Int J Cancer. 2021 Jun 01; 148(11):2748-2758. PMID: 33544892
     
  8. Hu C, Hart SN, Gnanaolivu R, Huang H, Lee KY, Na J, Gao C, Lilyquist J, Yadav S, Boddicker NJ, Samara R, Klebba J, Ambrosone CB, Anton-Culver H, Auer P, Bandera EV, Bernstein L, Bertrand KA, Burnside ES, Carter BD, Eliassen H, Gapstur SM, Gaudet M, Haiman C, Hodge JM, Hunter DJ, Jacobs EJ, John EM, Kooperberg C, Kurian AW, Le Marchand L, Lindstroem S, Lindstrom T, Ma H, Neuhausen S, Newcomb PA, O'Brien KM, Olson JE, Ong IM, Pal T, Palmer JR, Patel AV, Reid S, Rosenberg L, Sandler DP, Scott C, Tamimi R, Taylor JA, Trentham-Dietz A, Vachon CM, Weinberg C, Yao S, Ziogas A, Weitzel JN, Goldgar DE, Domchek SM, Nathanson KL, Kraft P, Polley EC, Couch FJ. A Population-Based Study of Genes Previously Implicated in Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2021 02 04; 384(5):440-451.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33471974; PMCID: PMC8127622; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2005936;
     
  9. White AJ, Gregoire AM, Niehoff NM, Bertrand KA, Palmer JR, Coogan PF, Bethea TN. Air pollution and breast cancer risk in the Black Women's Health Study. Environ Res. 2021 03; 194:110651.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33387538; PMCID: PMC7946730; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110651;
     
  10. Kent BV, Davidson JC, Zhang Y, Pargament KI, VanderWeele TJ, Koenig H, Underwood LG, Krause N, Kanaya AM, Tworoger SS, Schachter AB, Cole S, O'Leary M, Cozier Y, Daviglus M, Giachello AL, Zacher T, Palmer JR, Shields AE. Religion and Spirituality among American Indian, South Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latina, and White Women in the Study on Stress, Spirituality, and Health. J Sci Study Relig. 2021 Mar; 60(1):198-215.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34012171; PMCID: PMC8127946; DOI: 10.1111/jssr.12695;
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 389 publications over 36 distinct years, with a maximum of 34 publications in 2016

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cancer epidemiology
health disparities
breast cancer subtypes
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