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Dr. Marty Slattery Retiring

The Division of Epidemiology congratulates Dr. Marty Slattery on her retirement this July. Dr. Slattery’s service to the University of Utah includes a career’s worth of significant contributions to departmental, college, and university-level committees, including her service as Program Leader for Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Epidemiology and Disease Prevention Program.

Dr. Slattery earned full professorships in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Oncological Sciences, and Family and Preventive Medicine; and served as adjunct professor in the University of Utah College of Health’s Department of Nutrition.

Her groundbreaking epidemiological studies investigated how diet, lifestyle, and genetic factors influence breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Dr. Slattery’s work defined how convergence of pathways that influence angiogenesis, inflammation, hormones, and energy-related factors influence the development of cancer, how they are related to specific tumor characteristics, and how they influence survival.

Dr. Slattery garnered research support through numerous NIH National Cancer Institute RO1 grants, University grants, and industry grants. Her 481 peer-reviewed articles, 7 book chapters, and numerous letters in high-profile journals like JAMA, American Journal of Epidemiology, and Journal of Clinical Oncology attest to the breadth of her scientific impact in nutrition and cancer research.

Colleagues enjoy her supportive mentorship, and exemplary leadership, and will particularly miss her quick wit and keen interest in her team and in their families and hobbies. Colleagues will also miss Dr. Slattery’s chocolate zucchini cake and hearing about her treks around the globe, especially Bhutan (twice!). She is well-known for her green thumb and her insight on the best hikes and other adventures in Utah.