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    Mara Meyer Epstein ScD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Ave North
    Worcester MA 01605
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      InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
      DepartmentQuantitative Health Sciences

      InstitutionUMMS - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
      DepartmentClinical Population Health Research


        ScD, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010
        ScM, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2007
        BS, Biology, Emory University, 2005


        Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010-12
        Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 2012-13

        Research Interests

        Research areas of interest: epidemiology of prostate cancer, epidemiology of hematological cancers, inflammation and cancer, nutritional epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, cancer survival

        Dr. Epstein is a cancer epidemiologist with an interest in investigating the relationship between inflammation and cancer, focusing on prostate cancer and hematological cancers. Specifically, she conducts studies into molecular, genetic, and nutritional markers related to inflammation and cancer. She is also interested in examining predictors of survival among cancer patients, and utilizing large population-based datasets to examine trends in mortality among cancer patients. She is a faculty member at the Meyers Primary Care Institute, and is a current participant in the Cancer Research Network Scholars Program.

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        1. Epstein MM, Breen EC, Magpantay L, Detels R, Lepone L, Penugonda S, Bream JH, Jacobson LP, Martínez-Maza O, Birmann BM. Temporal Stability of Serum Concentrations of Cytokines and Soluble Receptors Measured Across Two Years in Low-Risk HIV-Seronegative Men. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Oct 9.
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        2. Russnes KM, Wilson KM, Epstein MM, Kasperzyk JL, Stampfer MJ, Kenfield SA, Smeland S, Blomhoff R, Giovannucci EL, Willett WC, Mucci LA. Total antioxidant intake in relation to prostate cancer incidence in the health professionals follow up study. Int J Cancer. 2013 Aug 19.
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        3. Schoenfeld JD, Margalit DN, Kasperzyk JL, Shui IM, Rider JR, Epstein MM, Meisner A, Kenfield SA, Martin NE, Nguyen PL, Kantoff PW, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Mucci LA. A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism in Inflammatory Gene RNASEL Predicts Outcome after Radiation Therapy for Localized Prostate Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Mar 15; 19(6):1612-9.
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        4. Epstein MM, Edgren G, Rider JR, Mucci LA, Adami HO. Temporal trends in cause of death among Swedish and US men with prostate cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Sep 5; 104(17):1335-42.
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        5. Epstein MM, Kasperzyk JL, Mucci LA, Giovannucci E, Price A, Wolk A, Håkansson N, Fall K, Andersson SO, Andrén O. Dietary fatty acid intake and prostate cancer survival in Örebro County, Sweden. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Aug 1; 176(3):240-52.
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        6. Epstein MM, Andrén O, Kasperzyk JL, Shui IM, Penney KL, Fall K, Rider JR, Stampfer MJ, Andersson SO, Giovannucci E, Mucci LA. Seasonal variation in expression of markers in the vitamin D pathway in prostate tissue. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Aug; 23(8):1359-66.
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        7. Shui IM, Stark JR, Penney KL, Schumacher FR, Epstein MM, Pitt MJ, Stampfer MJ, Tamimi RM, Lindstrom S, Sesso HD, Fall K, Ma J, Kraft P, Giovannucci E, Mucci LA. Genetic variation in the toll-like receptor 4 and prostate cancer incidence and mortality. Prostate. 2012 Feb 1; 72(2):209-16.
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        8. Epstein MM, Kasperzyk JL, Andrén O, Giovannucci EL, Wolk A, Håkansson N, Andersson SO, Johansson JE, Fall K, Mucci LA. Dietary zinc and prostate cancer survival in a Swedish cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Mar; 93(3):586-93.
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        9. Meyer MS, Penney KL, Stark JR, Schumacher FR, Sesso HD, Loda M, Fiorentino M, Finn S, Flavin RJ, Kurth T, Price AL, Giovannucci EL, Fall K, Stampfer MJ, Ma J, Mucci LA. Genetic variation in RNASEL associated with prostate cancer risk and progression. Carcinogenesis. 2010 Sep; 31(9):1597-603.
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        10. Meyer MS, Mucci LA, Andersson SO, Andrén O, Johansson JE, Tretli S, Adami HO. Homogeneous prostate cancer mortality in the Nordic countries over four decades. Eur Urol. 2010 Sep; 58(3):427-32.
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        11. Meyer MS, Applebaum KM, Furniss CS, Peters ES, Luckett BG, Smith JF, Bryan J, McClean MD, Marsit C, Kelsey KT. Human papillomavirus-16 modifies the association between fruit consumption and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Dec; 17(12):3419-26.
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        12. Meyer MS, Joshipura K, Giovannucci E, Michaud DS. A review of the relationship between tooth loss, periodontal disease, and cancer. Cancer Causes Control. 2008 Nov; 19(9):895-907.
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        13. Michaud DS, Liu Y, Meyer M, Giovannucci E, Joshipura K. Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study. Lancet Oncol. 2008 Jun; 9(6):550-8.
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