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




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
5R01MD014312-03

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
5R01CA228357-04

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
2022 Testing scalable communication modalities for returning breast cancer genetic research results to African American women 5R01MD014312-03
2022 Somatic Mutations and Their Etiological Determinants for Breast Cancer in African American Women 5R01CA228156-04
2022 Improving Breast Cancer Risk Prediction for African American Women: Consideration of Estrogen Receptor Subtype-Specific Risk Factors 5R01CA228357-04
2022 Relationships between parity, breastfeeding and ER- breast cancer in African American women: Elucidating the biologic underpinnings at the molecular and cellular level. 5R01CA225947-04
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
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  1. Schedin P, Palmer JR. Can breast cancer prevention strategies be tailored to biologic subtype and unique reproductive windows? J Natl Cancer Inst. 2022 Jun 20. PMID: 35723566
     
  2. Bertrand KA, Zirpoli G, Niharika Pillalamarri B, Szalat R, Palmer JR, Kataria Y. Prevalence of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) in US Black women. Am J Hematol. 2022 Jun 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35723873
     
  3. Townsend MK, Trabert B, Fortner RT, Arslan AA, Buring JE, Carter BD, Giles GG, Irvin SR, Jones ME, Kaaks R, Kirsh VA, Knutsen SF, Koh WP, Lacey JV, Langseth H, Larsson SC, Lee IM, Martínez ME, Merritt MA, Milne RL, O'Brien KM, Orlich MJ, Palmer JR, Patel AV, Peters U, Poynter JN, Robien K, Rohan TE, Rosenberg L, Sandin S, Sandler DP, Schouten LJ, Setiawan VW, Swerdlow AJ, Ursin G, van den Brandt PA, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Wolk A, Yuan JM, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Tworoger SS, Wentzensen N. Cohort Profile: The Ovarian Cancer Cohort Consortium (OC3). Int J Epidemiol. 2022 Jun 13; 51(3):e73-e86.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34652432
     
  4. Gao G, Zhao F, Ahearn TU, Lunetta KL, Troester MA, Du Z, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Blot W, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Nemesure B, Hennis A, Ambs S, McClellan J, Nie M, Bertrand K, Zirpoli G, Yao S, Olshan AF, Bensen JT, Bandera EV, Nyante S, Conti DV, Press MF, Ingles SA, John EM, Bernstein L, Hu JJ, Deming-Halverson SL, Chanock SJ, Ziegler RG, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Sandler DP, Taylor JA, Kitahara CM, O'Brien KM, Bolla MK, Dennis J, Dunning AM, Easton DF, Michailidou K, Pharoah PDP, Wang Q, Figueroa J, Biritwum R, Adjei E, Wiafe S, Ambrosone CB, Zheng W, Olopade OI, García-Closas M, Palmer JR, Haiman CA, Huo D. Polygenic Risk Scores for Prediction of Breast Cancer Risk in Women of African Ancestry: a Cross-Ancestry Approach. Hum Mol Genet. 2022 May 12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35554533
     
  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. 2022 May 05; 152(5):1254-1262.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34910194; PMCID: PMC9071344; DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxab419;
     
  6. Jordahl KM, Shcherbina A, Kim AE, Su YR, Lin Y, Wang J, Qu C, Albanes D, Arndt V, Baurley JW, Berndt SI, Bien SA, Bishop DT, Bouras E, Brenner H, Buchanan DD, Budiarto A, Campbell PT, Carreras-Torres R, Casey G, Cenggoro TW, Chan AT, Conti DV, Dampier CH, Devall MA, Díez-Obrero V, Dimou N, Drew DA, Figueiredo JC, Gallinger S, Giles GG, Gruber SB, Gsur A, Gunter MJ, Hampel H, Harlid S, Harrison TA, Hidaka A, Hoffmeister M, Huyghe JR, Jenkins MA, Joshi AD, Keku TO, Larsson SC, Le Marchand L, Lewinger JP, Li L, Mahesworo B, Moreno V, Morrison JL, Murphy N, Nan H, Nassir R, Newcomb PA, Obón-Santacana M, Ogino S, Ose J, Pai RK, Palmer JR, Papadimitriou N, Pardamean B, Peoples AR, Pharoah PDP, Platz EA, Potter JD, Prentice RL, Rennert G, Ruiz-Narvaez E, Sakoda LC, Scacheri PC, Schmit SL, Schoen RE, Slattery ML, Stern MC, Tangen CM, Thibodeau SN, Thomas DC, Tian Y, Tsilidis KK, Ulrich CM, van Duijnhoven FJB, Van Guelpen B, Visvanathan K, Vodicka P, White E, Wolk A, Woods MO, Wu AH, Zemlianskaia N, Chang-Claude J, Gauderman WJ, Hsu L, Kundaje A, Peters U. Beyond GWAS of Colorectal Cancer: Evidence of Interaction with Alcohol Consumption and Putative Causal Variant for the 10q24.2 Region. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2022 May 04; 31(5):1077-1089. PMID: 35438744
     
  7. Bigham Z, Robles Y, Freund KM, Palmer JR, Bertrand KA. Hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and risk of breast cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2022 Jul; 194(1):127-135.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35478297
     
  8. Díaz-Zabala H, Guo X, Ping J, Wen W, Shu XO, Long J, Lipworth L, Li B, Fadden MK, Pal T, Blot WJ, Cai Q, Haiman CA, Palmer JR, Sanderson M, Zheng W. Evaluating breast cancer predisposition genes in women of African ancestry. Genet Med. 2022 Apr 08. PMID: 35396981
     
  9. 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 Mar 24; 191(4):646-654.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35020804; PMCID: PMC9077111; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwac004;
     
  10. Palmer JR, Cozier YC, Rosenberg L. Research on health disparities: Strategies and findings from the Black Women's Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Feb 05.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35136921
     
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This graph shows the total number of publications by year, by first, middle/unknown, or last author.

Bar chart showing 421 publications over 37 distinct years, with a maximum of 34 publications in 2016

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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
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cancer epidemiology
health disparities
breast cancer subtypes
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