Julie R. Palmer, ScD
Professor
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.

Center Faculty Member
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
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Petrick JL, Campbell PT, Koshiol J, Thistle JE, Andreotti G, Beane-Freeman LE, Buring JE, Chan AT, Chong DQ, Doody MM, Gapstur SM, Gaziano JM, Giovannucci E, Graubard BI, Lee IM, Liao LM, Linet MS, Palmer JR, Poynter JN, Purdue MP, Robien K, Rosenberg L, Schairer C, Sesso HD, Sinha R, Stampfer MJ, Stefanick M, Wactawski-Wende J, Zhang X, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Freedman ND, McGlynn KA. Tobacco, alcohol use and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: The Liver Cancer Pooling Project. Br J Cancer. 2018 Apr; 118(7):1005-1012. PMID: 29520041.
     
  2. Sponholtz TR, Palmer JR, Rosenberg LA, Hatch EE, Lucile AC, Wise LA. Exogenous Hormone Use and Endometrial Cancer in U.S. Black Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Feb 23.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29475971.
     
  3. Griswold MK, Crawford SL, Perry DJ, Person SD, Rosenberg L, Cozier YC, Palmer JR. Experiences of Racism and Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Among First-Time Mothers of the Black Women''s Health Study. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 Feb 12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29435898.
     
  4. Rida P, Ogden A, Ellis IO, Varga Z, Wolff AC, Traina TA, Hatzis C, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB, Lehmann BD, Nanda R, Montgomery Rice V, Brawley OW, Torres MA, Rakha E, Aneja R. First international TNBC conference meeting report. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Feb 08. PMID: 29417299.
     
  5. Allott EH, Geradts J, Cohen SM, Khoury T, Zirpoli GR, Bshara W, Davis W, Omilian A, Nair P, Ondracek RP, Cheng TD, Miller CR, Hwang H, Thorne LB, O''Connor S, Bethea TN, Bell ME, Hu Z, Li Y, Kirk EL, Sun X, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, Perou CM, Palmer JR, Olshan AF, Ambrosone CB, Troester MA. Frequency of breast cancer subtypes among African American women in the AMBER consortium. Breast Cancer Res. 2018 Feb 06; 20(1):12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29409530.
     
  6. Hong CC, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Liu S, Hu Q, Yao S, Lunetta KL, Haddad SA, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Bensen JT, Cheng TD, Bandera EV, Rosenberg LA, Haiman CA, Lee K, Evans SS, Abrams SI, Repasky EA, Olshan AF, Palmer JR, Ambrosone CB. Genetic Variants in Immune-Related Pathways and Breast Cancer Risk in African American Women in the AMBER Consortium. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Mar; 27(3):321-330.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29339359.
     
  7. Troisi R, Titus L, Hatch EE, Palmer JR, Huo D, Strohsnitter WC, Adam E, Ricker W, Hyer M, Hoover RN. A Prospective Cohort Study of Prenatal Diethylstilbestrol Exposure and Cardiovascular Disease Risk. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 Jan 01; 103(1):206-212.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29069384.
     
  8. Palmer JR, Castro-Webb N, Bertrand K, Bethea TN, Denis GV. Type II Diabetes and Incidence of Estrogen Receptor Negative Breast Cancer in African American Women. Cancer Res. 2017 Nov 15; 77(22):6462-6469.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29141994; DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-1903;.
     
  9. Troisi R, Hatch EE, Titus L, Strohsnitter W, Gail MH, Huo D, Adam E, Robboy SJ, Hyer M, Hoover RN, Palmer JR. Prenatal diethylstilbestrol exposure and cancer risk in women. Environ Mol Mutagen. 2017 Nov 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29124779.
     
  10. Hellwege JN, Jeff JM, Wise LA, Gallagher CS, Wellons M, Hartmann KE, Jones SF, Torstenson ES, Dickinson S, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Rohland N, Allen A, Reich D, Tandon A, Pasaniuc B, Mancuso N, Im HK, Hinds DA, Palmer JR, Rosenberg L, Denny JC, Roden DM, Stewart EA, Morton CC, Kenny EE, Edwards TL, Velez Edwards DR. Erratum to: A multi-stage genome-wide association study of uterine fibroids in African Americans. Hum Genet. 2017 11; 136(11-12):1497-1498.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28975356.
     
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Bar chart showing 330 publications over 33 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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