Heather Danysh, PhD, MHS, is an Epidemiologist in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center and an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Danysh’s research interests are focused on the environmental determinants of pediatric cancer. She is also working with investigators throughout the state of Texas to evaluate late effects in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors. Finally, Dr. Danysh works closely with Drs. Philip Lupo and Michael Scheurer in the Epidemiology Program in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center to design and manage several large-scale epidemiologic investigations. The goal of Dr. Danysh’s research is to better understand factors associated with pediatric cancer risk and outcomes to inform novel prevention efforts.
It was Heather’s work on air pollution exposure and pediatric CNS tumors that led to the receipt of the SIOP Young Investigator award at the 2014 annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. In collaboration with other 2014 award winners, Heather co-founded the SIOP Young Investigator Network (SIOP YI-Net) with the goal of creating a community of junior investigators working in pediatric oncology within SIOP. As a SIOP YI-Net Board Member, she was heavily involved in the planning and coordination of YI events (i.e., the YI Educational Day and Collaboration Event) at the 2015 and 2016 annual meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, and Dublin, Ireland, respectively, and continues to be involved in the planning of YI events in the upcoming meeting in Washington DC.