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

ScD, Harvard University
MPH, Boston University

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. To have greater statistical power for determining genetic and non-genetic factors related to specific molecular subtypes of breast cancer, she and colleagues formed the AMBER Consortium, which includes more than 5,000 African American women with breast cancer and a large number of controls. Dr. Palmer also has an interest in pancreatic cancer, which disproportionately affects African Americans. Currently, she is examining the relation of the oral microbiome to risk of pancreatic cancer in African Americans. Selected leadership activities include 1) Associate Director for Population Sciences, BU-BMC Cancer Center, 2) Chair of the NIH Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section, 2015-2017, 3) Steering Committee of NCI Cohort Consortium currently and 2004-2011, and 4) Steering Committee of the Molecular Epidemiology Group of AACR, 2018-2020.

Director ad interim
Boston University School of Public Health
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Associate Director for Population Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Associate Director
Boston University School of Public Health
Slone Epidemiology Center

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
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  1. Schoemaker MJ, Nichols HB, Wright LB, Brook MN, Jones ME, O'Brien KM, Adami HO, Baglietto L, Bernstein L, Bertrand KA, Boutron-Ruault MC, Braaten T, Chen Y, Connor AE, Dorronsoro M, Dossus L, Eliassen AH, Giles GG, Hankinson SE, Kaaks R, Key TJ, Kirsh VA, Kitahara CM, Koh WP, Larsson SC, Linet MS, Ma H, Masala G, Merritt MA, Milne RL, Overvad K, Ozasa K, Palmer JR, Peeters PH, Riboli E, Rohan TE, Sadakane A, Sund M, Tamimi RM, Trichopoulou A, Ursin G, Vatten L, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Willett WC, Wolk A, Yuan JM, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Sandler DP, Swerdlow AJ. Association of Body Mass Index and Age With Subsequent Breast Cancer Risk in Premenopausal Women. JAMA Oncol. 2018 Nov 01; 4(11):e181771.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29931120.
  2. Petrick JL, Thistle JE, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zhang X, Wactawski-Wende J, Van Dyke AL, Stampfer MJ, Sinha R, Sesso HD, Schairer C, Rosenberg L, Rohan TE, Robien K, Purdue MP, Poynter JN, Palmer JR, Newton CC, Linet MS, Liao LM, Lee IM, Koshiol J, Kitahara CM, Hofmann JN, Graubard BI, Giovannucci E, Gaziano JM, Gapstur SM, Freedman ND, Chong DQ, Chan AT, Buring JE, Beane Freeman LE, Campbell PT, McGlynn KA. Body Mass Index, Diabetes and Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma Risk: The Liver Cancer Pooling Project and Meta-analysis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Oct; 113(10):1494-1505.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30177781.
  3. Uribe-Salazar JM, Palmer JR, Haddad SA, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA. Admixture mapping and fine-mapping of type 2 diabetes susceptibility loci in African American women. J Hum Genet. 2018 Nov; 63(11):1109-1117. PMID: 30135545.
  4. Troisi R, Hatch EE, Palmer JR, Titus L, Sampson JN, Xu X, Hoover RN. Estrogen Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women Exposed In Utero to Diethylstilbestrol. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Oct; 27(10):1208-1213.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30049842.
  5. Ochs-Balcom HM, Shaw H, Preus L, Palmer JR, Haddad SA, Rosenberg L, Ruiz-Narváez EA. Admixture mapping and fine-mapping of birth weight loci in the Black Women's Health Study. Hum Genet. 2018 Jul 13. PMID: 30006737.
  6. Haddad SA, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Cozier YC, Gerlovin H, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Association of Degree of European Genetic Ancestry With Serum Vitamin D Levels in African Americans. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Jul 01; 187(7):1420-1423.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29390092.
  7. Yao S, Hong CC, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Evans SS, Zhu Q, Schaefer BA, Yan L, Coignet MV, Lunetta KL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Lee K, Bandera EV, Troester MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB. Genetic ancestry and population differences in levels of inflammatory cytokines in women: Role for evolutionary selection and environmental factors. PLoS Genet. 2018 06; 14(6):e1007368.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29879116; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007368;.
  8. Bensen JT, Graff M, Young KL, Sethupathy P, Parker J, Pecot CV, Currin K, Haddad SA, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Haiman CA, Hong CC, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Zhu Q, Liu S, Yao S, Bandera EV, Rosenberg L, Lunetta KL, Ambrosone CB, Palmer JR, Troester MA, Olshan AF. A survey of microRNA single nucleotide polymorphisms identifies novel breast cancer susceptibility loci in a case-control, population-based study of African-American women. Breast Cancer Res. 2018 Jun 05; 20(1):45.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29871690; DOI: 10.1186/s13058-018-0964-4;.
  9. Denis GV, Sebastiani P, Bertrand KA, Strissel KJ, Tran AH, Slama J, Medina ND, Andrieu G, Palmer JR. Inflammatory signatures distinguish metabolic health in African American women with obesity. PLoS One. 2018; 13(5):e0196755.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29738558.
  10. Strohsnitter WC, Bertrand KA, Troisi R, Scott CG, Cheville AL, Hoover RN, Palmer JR, Vachon CM. Prenatal diethylstilbestrol exposure and mammographic density. Int J Cancer. 2018 Sep 15; 143(6):1374-1378.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29658110.
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cancer epidemiology
health disparities
breast cancer subtypes
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