The Center for Indigenous Cancer Research (CICR) team at Roswell Park is growing. We’d like to introduce you to three new colleagues, Shannon Seneca, PhD; Corinne Abrams, MPH, and Regina Mowry.
Shannon Seneca, PhD, REHS/RS, EIT, is a Haudenosaunee environmental engineer with her Bachelor of Science in Physics. Her master’s work was focused on drinking water treatment while she gained expertise in geochemistry, contaminant hydrology and groundwater remediation during her doctoral studies. Dr. Seneca obtained ecosystem restoration training and experience through the University at Buffalo’s National Science Foundation IGERT Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE) program. For almost a decade, Dr. Seneca worked with the Seneca Nation and most recently served as the Seneca Nation Health System's Environmental Health Director. She comes to CICR as an assistant faculty member to respond to Indigenous community desires to see more active environmental health cancer research. Dr. Seneca strives to be a part of many interdisciplinary teams as each individual brings unique backgrounds to the table to solve large scale problems together. Our work will greatly benefit from Dr. Seneca’s leadership and expertise.
Corinne is Tuscarora Turtle Clan and is passionate about applying her public health skills and knowledge to Indigenous communities. She received her MPH in epidemiology and environmental health from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Corinne previously worked at Primary Care Research Institute at UB and then served as a curriculum development assistant for the Tuscarora Language Adult Learning initiative. She brings her experiences and skills to the CICR team in her role as a Clinical Research Associate. She will help implement various grant projects, co-facilitate roundtable discussions, perform literature reviews and manuscript development and coordinate materials as needed for Roswell Park’s Institutional Review Board. Corinne is a mother of two and is also an advocate for Indigenous foods and food sovereignty. Welcome Corinne!
CICR remains committed to support students throughout their academic journeys. Our center offers internship positions throughout the year, and over the past year we invited Regina Mowry to join our team. Regina is currently in her MPH program at Daemen College studying epidemiology. She is also a certified massage therapist and owns a massage therapy company, Mountainview Massage. Regina supports our team through project-related research, developing literature reviews, and data importing and analysis. Upon graduation in spring 2022, Regina plans to expand her massage business by opening a mobile massage spa, develop a retreat for those afflicted by chronic illness, as well as continue her studies as she pursues at PhD in cancer research. CICR is excited to be a part of Regina's academic journey.