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


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
1R01CA225947-01A1

Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors
01/08/2019 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5R01CA228357-02

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

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


Institutional Research Grant
01/01/2018 - 12/31/2020 (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


Uncoupling obesity from breast cancer in African American women
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2020 (Multi-PI)
PI: Julie R. Palmer, ScD
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5U01CA182898-05

A Prospective Investigation of the Oral Microbiome and Pancreatic Cancer
09/08/2015 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5U01CA187508-04

Breast Cancer genetic study in African-ancestry populations
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center NIH NCI
5R01CA202981-04

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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
2019 Somatic Mutations and Their Etiological Determinants for Breast Cancer in African American Women 1R01CA228156-01A1
2019 Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors 1R01CA228357-01A1
2019 Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors 1R01CA228357-01A1
2019 Relationships between parity, breastfeeding and ER- breast cancer in African American women: Elucidating the biologic underpinnings at the molecular and cellular level. 1R01CA225947-01A1
2019 Breast Cancer genetic study in African-ancestry populations 5R01CA202981-04
2019 A Follow-up Study for Causes of Cancer in Black Women 5U01CA164974-09 21
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  1. Petrick JL, Castro-Webb N, Gerlovin H, Bethea TN, Li S, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. A Prospective Analysis of Intake of Red and Processed Meat in Relation to Pancreatic Cancer among African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Jul 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32611583
     
  2. Sponholtz TR, Bethea TN, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Boynton-Jarrett R, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Wise LA. Night Shift Work and Fecundability in Late Reproductive-Aged African American Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 Jun 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32598212
     
  3. Rosenberg L, Robles YP, Li S, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, Palmer JR. A prospective study of yogurt and other dairy consumption in relation to incidence of type 2 diabetes among black women in the USA. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 Jun 10. PMID: 32520324
     
  4. Palmer JR. Polygenic Risk Scores for Breast Cancer Risk Prediction: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Jun 01; 112(6):555-556. PMID: 31553456
     
  5. Palmer JR, Polley EC, Hu C, John EM, Haiman C, Hart SN, Gaudet M, Pal T, Anton-Culver H, Trentham-Dietz A, Bernstein L, Ambrosone CB, Bandera EV, Bertrand KA, Bethea TN, Gao C, Gnanaolivu RD, Huang H, Lee KY, LeMarchand L, Na J, Sandler DP, Shah PD, Yadav S, Yang W, Weitzel JN, Domchek SM, Goldgar DE, Nathanson KL, Kraft P, Couch FJ. Contribution of Germline Predisposition Gene Mutations to Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 May 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32427313
     
  6. Petrick JL, McMenamin ÚC, Zhang X, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Wactawski-Wende J, Simon TG, Sinha R, Sesso HD, Schairer C, Rosenberg L, Rohan TE, Robien K, Purdue MP, Poynter JN, Palmer JR, Lu Y, Linet MS, Liao LM, Lee IM, Koshiol J, Kitahara CM, Kirsh VA, Hofmann JN, Graubard BI, Giovannucci E, Gaziano JM, Gapstur SM, Freedman ND, Florio AA, Chong DQ, Chen Y, Chan AT, Buring JE, Freeman LEB, Bea JW, Cardwell CR, Campbell PT, McGlynn KA. Exogenous hormone use, reproductive factors and risk of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma among women: results from cohort studies in the Liver Cancer Pooling Project and the UK Biobank. Br J Cancer. 2020 Jul; 123(2):316-324.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32376888
     
  7. Chan AT, Drew DA, Nguyen LH, Joshi AD, Ma W, Guo CG, Lo CH, Mehta RS, Kwon S, Sikavi DR, Magicheva-Gupta MV, Fatehi ZS, Flynn JJ, Leonardo BM, Albert CM, Andreotti G, Beane-Freeman LE, Balasubramanian BA, Brownstein JS, Bruinsma F, Cowan AN, Deka A, Ernst ME, Figueiredo JC, Franks PW, Gardner CD, Ghobrial IM, Haiman CA, Hall JE, Deming-Halverson SL, Kirpach B, Lacey JV, Marchand LL, Marinac CR, Martinez ME, Milne RL, Murray AM, Nash D, Palmer JR, Patel AV, Rosenberg L, Sandler DP, Sharma SV, Schurman SH, Wilkens LR, Chavarro JE, Eliassen AH, Hart JE, Kang JH, Koenen KC, Kubzansky LD, Mucci LA, Ourselin S, Rich-Edwards JW, Song M, Stampfer MJ, Steves CJ, Willett WC, Wolf J, Spector T. The COronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) Consortium: A Call to Action. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 07; 29(7):1283-1289. PMID: 32371551
     
  8. Bertrand KA, Castro-Webb N, Cozier YC, Li S, O'Brien KM, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. Gestational Diabetes and Risk of Breast Cancer in African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Jul; 29(7):1509-1511.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32317301
     
  9. Dash C, Yu J, Nomura S, Lu J, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Adams-Campbell LL. Obesity is an initiator of colon adenomas but not a promoter of colorectal cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 Apr; 31(4):291-302. PMID: 32124186
     
  10. Schoemaker MJ, Nichols HB, Wright LB, Brook MN, Jones ME, O'Brien KM, Adami HO, Baglietto L, Bernstein L, Bertrand KA, Boutron-Ruault MC, Chen Y, Connor AE, Dossus L, Eliassen AH, Giles GG, Gram IT, Hankinson SE, Kaaks R, Key TJ, Kirsh VA, Kitahara CM, Larsson SC, Linet M, Ma H, Milne RL, Ozasa K, Palmer JR, Riboli E, Rohan TE, Sacerdote C, Sadakane A, Sund M, Tamimi RM, Trichopoulou A, Ursin G, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Willett WC, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Sandler DP, Swerdlow AJ. Adult weight change and premenopausal breast cancer risk: A prospective pooled analysis of data from 628,463 women. Int J Cancer. 2020 Sep 01; 147(5):1306-1314.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32012248
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 370 publications over 35 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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