Julie R. Palmer, ScD
Karin Grunebaum Cancer Research Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology

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.

Boston University School of Public Health

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

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

Associate Director
Boston University School of Medicine
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. Gerlovin H, Michaud DS, Cozier YC, Palmer JR. Oral Health in Relation to Pancreatic Cancer Risk in African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 Apr; 28(4):675-679.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30923045.
  2. Chetwynd EM, Stuebe AM, Rosenberg L, Troester MA, Palmer JR. Prepregnancy Diabetes and Breastfeeding Cessation Among Black Women in the United States. Breastfeed Med. 2019 Mar 06. PMID: 30839228.
  3. Webb PM, Na R, Weiderpass E, Adami HO, Anderson KE, Bertrand KA, Botteri E, Brasky TM, Brinton LA, Chen C, Doherty JA, Lu L, McCann SE, Moysich KB, Olson S, Petruzella S, Palmer JR, Prizment AE, Schairer C, Setiawan VW, Spurdle AB, Trabert B, Wentzensen N, Wilkens L, Yang HP, Yu H, Risch HA, Jordan SJ. Use of aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen and risk of endometrial cancer: the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium. Ann Oncol. 2019 Feb 01; 30(2):310-316.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30566587.
  4. Titus L, Hatch EE, Drake KM, Parker SE, Hyer M, Palmer JR, Strohsnitter WC, Adam E, Herbst AL, Huo D, Hoover RN, Troisi R. Reproductive and hormone-related outcomes in women whose mothers were exposed in utero to diethylstilbestrol (DES): A report from the US National Cancer Institute DES Third Generation Study. Reprod Toxicol. 2019 03; 84:32-38.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30594671.
  5. Nichols HB, Schoemaker MJ, Cai J, Xu J, Wright LB, Brook MN, Jones ME, Adami HO, Baglietto L, Bertrand KA, Blot WJ, Boutron-Ruault MC, Dorronsoro M, Dossus L, Eliassen AH, Giles GG, Gram IT, Hankinson SE, Hoffman-Bolton J, Kaaks R, Key TJ, Kitahara CM, Larsson SC, Linet M, Merritt MA, Milne RL, Pala V, Palmer JR, Peeters PH, Riboli E, Sund M, Tamimi RM, Tjønneland A, Trichopoulou A, Ursin G, Vatten L, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Wolk A, Zheng W, Weinberg CR, Swerdlow AJ, Sandler DP. Breast Cancer Risk After Recent Childbirth: A Pooled Analysis of 15 Prospective Studies. Ann Intern Med. 2018 Dec 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30534999.
  6. Barber LE, Bertrand KA, Rosenberg L, Battaglia TA, Palmer JR. Pre- and perinatal factors and incidence of breast cancer in the Black Women's Health Study. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Jan; 30(1):87-95.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30498869.
  7. Cozier YC, Yu J, Wise LA, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA, Argentieri MA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Shields AE. Religious and Spiritual Coping and Risk of Incident Hypertension in the Black Women's Health Study. Ann Behav Med. 2018 Nov 12; 52(12):989-998.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30418522.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 MJ, Gapstur SM, Freedman ND, Chong DQ, Chan AT, Buring JE, Freeman LBE, 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.
  10. 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.
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cancer epidemiology
health disparities
breast cancer subtypes
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