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Mingyang Song, MD, ScD

Dr. Mingyang Song is an Instructor in Investigation in the CTEU, Assistant Professor of Medicine at MGH and Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses on prevention and survivorship of colorectal cancer. One aspect of his work is to integrate large-scale observational studies with biomarker-based randomized clinical trials to identify novel nutritional and gut microbiota-targeted strategies for cancer prevention and treatment. Another part of his work involves integration of electronic health record (EHR) data with molecular profiling for developing cost-effective risk assessment tools for precision cancer screening and surveillance. He was awarded the NextGen Star by the American Association for Cancer Research. His current research is supported by the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society. The ultimate goal of his research is to translate epidemiologic advances into the clinic for improved cancer prevention and treatment.

Currently, he is a co-Investigator of the MICRObiome Among Nurses (MICRO-N) Study, a large prospective microbiome study of 25,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study II. He is also a member of the Cancer Epidemiology and Gastrointestinal Malignancies Programs at Dana-Farber /Harvard Cancer Center.

Key Publications

Song M, Vogelstein B, Giovannucci EL, Willett WC, Tomasetti C. Cancer prevention: Molecular and epidemiologic consensus. Science. 2018 Sep 28;361(6409):1317-1318.

Song M, Chan AT, Sun J. Influence of the Gut Microbiome, Diet, and Environment on Risk of Colorectal Cancer. Gastroenterology. 2019 Oct 3. pii: S0016-5085(19)41369-3.

He X, Wu K, Ogino S, Giovannucci EL, Chan AT, Song M. Association between Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer and Risk of Serrated Polyps and Conventional Adenomas. Gastroenterology. 2018 Apr 24. pii: S0016-5085(18)30480-3. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2018.04.019. [Epub ahead of print]

Song M, Wu K, Meyerhardt JA, Ogino S, Wang M, Fuchs CS, Giovannucci EL, Chan AT. Fiber intake and survival after colorectal cancer diagnosis. JAMA Oncol. 2018 Jan 1;4(1):71-79.

Song M, Nishihara R, Cao Y, Chun E, Qian ZR, Mima K, Inamura K, Masugi Y, Nowak JA, Nosho K, Wu K, Wang M, Giovannucci E, Garrett WS, Fuchs CS, Ogino S, Chan AT. Marine omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Colorectal Cancer Characterized by Tumor-Infiltrating T Cells. JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(9):1197-1206.

Song M, Giovannucci E. Preventable Incidence and Mortality of Carcinoma Associated With Lifestyle Factors Among White Adults in the United States. JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(9):1154-1161. (#1 Most Talked About Article of 2016 in JAMA Oncol)

Song M, Fung TT, Hu FB, Willett WC, Longo VD, Chan AT, Giovannucci EL. Association of Animal and Plant Protein Intake With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(10):1453-1463. (#57 Most-Discussed Journal Article of 2016 across All Scientific Fields)

Song M, Hu FB, Wu K, Must A, Chan AT, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL. Trajectory of body shape in early and middle life and all cause and cause specific mortality: results from two prospective US cohort studies. BMJ. 2016;353:i2195.

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