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Li To Give NCI CURE Seminar, Feb. 17

Dr. Christopher Li

Dr. Christopher Li

Dr. Christopher Li will give the next lecture in the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities’ Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Distinguished Scholars Seminars on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., via Webex. His talk is titled “Epidemiologic Approaches to Improve Cancer Early Detection and Prognosis.”

A former CURE K01 recipient, Li is professor, public health sciences division, and faculty director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as well as research associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. 

Li is an epidemiologist specializing in identifying risk factors for breast cancer, having helped to detect connections between breast cancer and lifestyle factors, including obesity, physical activity and consuming alcohol and certain medications. He researches the causes of disparities in cancer outcomes and focuses on ensuring cancer research benefits all patients, irrespective of race, ethnicity, age, gender, income, education or geography. 

Li studies breast cancer risk in young women and led the world’s largest study of risk factors for developing and surviving triple-negative breast cancer. Using laboratory research and big data, he finds patterns that predict whether a patient’s breast cancer is likely to recur. 

In addition, Li works to identify blood-based biomarkers that signal early stages of different breast cancer subtypes and co-leads Fred Hutch’s cancer registry—the Cancer Surveillance System database—that tracks cancer incidence and survival in 13 Washington counties.

To register for the seminar, visit Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Victoria Coan at (240) 276-7659 and/or the Federal Relay Service (1-800-877-8339) at least 2 days before the meeting. 

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