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The North American Association of Cancer Registries Bestows Prestigious Awards


Annually the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries recognizes members and volunteers who have made significant contributions to the field of cancer surveillance. The Calum S. Muir and the Constance Percy awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the field, while the NAACCR Member Recognition Awards recognize members who have contributed in many ways to the mission of NAACCR. Poster Awards are given each year at the Annual Conference in two categories: Data Collection and Operations and Data Use and Epidemiology. All posters may be viewed online at ( Awards were also given to students who presented their work in a special webinar setting this year. Congratulations to all those who were recognized by NAACCR with these awards.


Chuck Wiggins, PhD- Calum S. Muir Award


The Calum S. Muir Award is to honor someone who has made substantive and outstanding contributions in cancer registration. Preference is for the recipient to be an active member of NAACCR with a long term commitment to the organization. The award is bestowed each year at the annual conference.


Chuck serves as a keen mentor to those new (and old!) to the field of cancer surveillance, and has a long history of teaching, both at UNM, as well as the Summer Research Training Institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals in Portland, Oregon. He has a long-held interest in cancer among underserved populations, and is an outspoken advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. In his research, he has worked extensively to characterize and address cancer burden among indigenous peoples, particularly in the southwest, but also to address methodological challenges that keep us from understanding these issues nationally. In collaboration with Dr. David Espey at the CDC, Dr. Wiggins pioneered the now-regular practice of linking cancer registries to the Indian Health Service to reduce racial misclassification. He is also highly engaged in and skilled at sharing cancer registry data with non-scientists, which he practices through his extensive community engagement work in New Mexico and beyond. Finally, he has a long history of service to the NAACCR community in various roles, culminating in the presidency from 2015-2017. He currently serves as one of the North American representatives to the International Association for Cancer Research. Over the course of his career, Dr. Wiggins has coauthored over 110 publications using cancer registry data, supporting a wide range of investigators and mentees to use registry data in a variety of creative and informative ways.


Constance L. Percy Award for Distinguished Service

​The Constance L. Percy Award for Distinguished Service has been established to recognize an individual who contributed exceptional volunteer service to NAACCR during the past 12 months, or sustained, current, and long-term contributions to the organization.


Annelie Landgren, MPH, PMP

Martha Linet, MD, MPH


During their time with the Radiation Epidemiology Branch of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, both Dr. Linet and Ms. Landgren generously engaged in feasibility testing of the Virtual Pooled Registry (VPR) concepts and provided thoughtful input that has led to significant enhancements to the current VPR Cancer Linkage System.


As the PI for the long-standing U.S. Radiologic Technologist (USRT) study with decreasing survey response rates, Dr. Linet volunteered to have the USRT cohort data linked with 45 registries as part of the VPR feasibility testing. These linkages resulted in 24,235 matched cases and hinted at the potential for increasing cancer case ascertainment among the USRT cohort. So impressed with the outcome, Dr. Linet identified Ms. Landgren to spearhead the process of individually applying to all 45 registries for approval to release data on the matched cases. Together, they determined key pieces of information to track throughout the process as a way to assess the benefits of registry linkage.


During this 3-year commitment that eventually resulted in receipt of data from 43 registries, Ms. Landgren diligently captured detailed information on the application, data release, and continuing review process, as well as the time and cost associated with such activities. Ms. Landgren shared her knowledge with a various VPR workgroups, including the technical group responsible for designing the VPR system for to streamline the application and tracking process across multiple registries. Ms. Landgren’s insight greatly contributed to a more comprehensive and user-friendly product.


After receipt of the data, Dr. Linet identified a skilled statistician to assess cancer incidence ascertainment by population-based cancer registries versus self-report and death certificates in the USRT cohort. This large-scale analysis confirmed the value of linking with U.S. cancer registries to comprehensively ascertain cancer incidence, thereby lending support for creation of the VPR.


NAACCR Recognition Awards

Established in 2004, the NAACCR Member Recognition Award Series is designed to acknowledge the contributions of all of our dedicated volunteers. Without the support of volunteers across North America, we would not be able to achieve our mission and goals for cancer surveillance and the reduction of the burden of cancer. Active members earn points for various activities and awards are given once a member reaches a specified point level.


The Merit Award is awarded after an individual has earned 100 member points.

The Achievement Award is awarded to an individual who has earned 200 total member points.

The Leadership Award is presented to a member who has earned a total of 300 member points.


Merit Awards:

Fran Maguire

Sarah Nash

Angela Meisner


Leadership Awards:

Baozhen Qiao, PhD

Jennifer Ruhl, MSHCA, RHIT, CCT, CTR



2020 NAACCR Poster and Oral Submission Awards


Student Oral Presentation Awards 

1st Place:

Uriel Kim, Case Western Reserve University

Describing and Assessing a New Method of Approximating Individual-Level Income in Cancer Registries


2nd Place:

Janet Chu, University of California, San Francisco

Evaluating the impact of social and built environments on health-related quality of life among cancer survivors


Data Collection & Operations​ Poster Award

1st Place:

Tongyang Liu, ICF International; Xing Dong; Yuan Ren, ICF International Inc.; Kevin Zhang, ICF; Olga Galin, ICF International; Reda Wilson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Using Python and SAS to Efficiently Process Cancer Incidence Data in NAACCR XML Format


2nd Place:

Kevin Zhang, ICF; Shailendra Bhavsar, ICF; Yuan Ren, ICF International Inc.; Jon Stanger, ICF; Jing Guo, ICF; Reda Wilson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Manxia Wu, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Mary Elizabeth ONeil, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Modernizing Cancer Surveillance through an On-line Tracking System: Development of Data Monitoring System for the National Program of Cancer Registries


Data Use & Epidemiology Poster Award

1st Place:

Baozhen Qiao, New York State Cancer Registry; Maria Schymura, New York State Cancer Registry; April Austin, New York State Cancer Registry; Amy Kahn, New York State Cancer Registry

Identifying risk factors associated with subsequent breast cancer diagnosis among breast cancer survivors in New York State


2nd Place:

Renata Abrahao, University of California, Davis Division of Hematology/Oncology

Late effects following non-Hodgkin lymphoma in HIV-uninfected and HIV-Infected adolescents and young adults: a population-based study


3rd Place:

Feng Guo, German Cancer Research Center​

Use of Polygenic Risk Scores to Select Screening Intervals After Negative Findings From Colonoscopy




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