Langston (left) with Senator Roy Blunt (right)Marvin Langston, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSM), was selected by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to participate in their Early Career Hill Day March 1 in Washington D.C. Langston is one of only 15 AACR early career cancer researchers from across the United States to meet members of Congress and urge support for robust, sustained, and predictable funding increases for that National Institutes of Health (NIH).
As a Missouri resident, Langston was also able to meet with Senator Roy Blunt, the committee chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. Senator Blunt’s committee has the role of appropriating funds for NIH, so in meeting with Senator Blunt, Langston advocated for funding and highlighted innovative and exciting cancer research from the Division of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Surgery.
“I am excited to share with lawmakers the vibrant and diverse cancer research occurring at WUSM and around the country, and the vital role NIH funding has in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment. Additionally, I hope to communicate the impact of NIH funding on pushing innovative science forward and the importance of supporting early career investigators,” Langston said.
Some of the research Langston plans to highlight include:
- Early life exposures for cancer risk prevention, including breast, prostate, cervical and obesity related cancers
- Health cancer disparities and community and professional partnerships to reduce these high-risk cancer areas, specifically in racial and rural disparities
- Shared decision making tools for providers and patients treating cancer patients
- Community-based research and interaction addressing underserved populations with high cancer incidence. Community partnerships, presentations, health fairs and educational messaging provide cancer screening and prevention information.
Langston is mentored by Siobhan Sutcliffe, PhD, MHS, and Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH, and supported through the T32 training program at WUSM. His research is broadly three-fold: trace elements and cancer risk, measurement of spatially derived cancer risk factors, and infectious agents and prostatic inflammation. Langston graduated with his PhD from the University of Arizona in summer 2016 and began his postdoctoral career at WUSM in August 2016.
About the T32 Transdisciplinary Cancer Prevention and Control Postdoctoral Training Program
The T32 training program provides scholars from a broad range of disciplines the opportunity to develop skills in cancer prevention and control research and experience with transdisciplinary approaches. Trainees choose to focus their research and skills development in epidemiology and outcomes measures for cancer prevention and control, community-based research and disparities, or cancer communications. Trainees are appointed mentors to help guide their research, learn grant preparation and writing skills, attend required seminars, and are exposed to didactic training opportunities. Applications for the fall 2017 cohort are still being accepted.