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Laura Burke is the founding dean of Regis College’s School of Health Sciences and a renowned public health expert whose notable research focuses on the impact of external factors on cancer.
Since being named dean in 2016, Dr. Burke has stewarded Health Sciences into a nationally respected school that prepares students to be leaders in the fields of health administration, medical imaging, public health, social work, and occupational therapy. Her leadership was integral in the establishment of the Regis College dental hygiene program and the development of the state-of-the-art Dental Center that opened its doors in Waltham in 2019. She has also helped develop a number of programs in the School of Health Sciences, including the public health major and environmental sustainability major.
She has also grown the School of Health Sciences’ research portfolio by providing more opportunities for students to travel internationally to conduct research, and through her oversight securing major National Institutes of Health grant funding for the school.
As a published researcher, Dr. Burke has studied extensively the impact external factors such as nutrition and smoking can have on cancer.
Recently, Dr. Burke led Regis College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, overseeing a task force that implemented a successful on-campus testing protocol and established critical safety guidelines and recommendations that allowed for a safe return for students to campus.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Karolinksa Institutet, Sweden
Doctor of Science (ScD), Harvard School of Public Health
Master of Public Health (MPH), New York Medical College
Bachelor of Arts in English, Barnard College, Columbia University
Mignone L., Giovannucci E.L., Newcomb P.A., Titus-Ernstoff L., Trentham-Dietz A., Hampton J. 2009. Orav E.J., Willett W.C., Egan K.M. “Dietary Carotenoid Intake and the Risk of Breast Cancer.” Int J Cancer. 124(12) 2929-2937.
Mignone L., Giovannucci E.L., Newcomb P.A., Titus-Ernstoff L., Trentham-Dietz A., Hampton J., Orav E.J., Willett W.C., Egan K.M. 2009. “Meat Consumption, Heterocyclic Amines, NAT2 and the Risk of Breast Cancer.” Nutrition and Cancer. 61(1) 1-11.
Suzuki R., Orsini N., Mignone L., Saji S., Wolk A. 2008. “Alcohol Intake and the Risk of Breast Cancer Defined by Estrogen and Progesterone Status – A Meta-Analysis of Epidemiologic Studies.” Int J Cancer. 122(8) 1832-41. PMID: 18067133
Egan K.M., Newcomb P.A., Titus-Ernstoff L., Trentham-Dietz A., Mignone L.I., Farin F., Hunter D.J. 2003. “Association of NAT2 and Smoking in Relation to Breast Cancer Incidence in a Population-Based Case-Control Study (United States).” Cancer Causes Control. 14(1):43-51. PMID: 12708724
Leong N.M., Mignone L., Newcomb P.A., Titus-Ernstoff L., Baron J.A., Trentham-Dietz A., Stampfer M.J., Willett W.C., Egan K.M. 2003. “Early Life Risk Factors in Cancer: the Relation of Birth Weight to Adult Obesity.” Int J Cancer. 103(6):789-91. PMID: 12516100
Fleischauer A.T., Olson S.H., Mignone L., Simonsen N., Caputo T.A., Harlap S. 2001. “Dietary Antioxidants, Supplements, and Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.” Nutr Cancer. 40(2):92-8. PMID: 11962261
Olson S.H., Mignone L., Nakraseive C., Caputo T.A., Barakat R.R., Harlap S. 2001. “Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer.” Obstet Gynecol. 98(2):212-7. PMID: 11506835
Olson S., Mignone L., Harlap S. 2000. “Selection of Control Groups Using a Commercial Database and Random Digit Dialing.” American Journal of Epidemiology. 152(6): 585-592. PMID: 10997549
Zhang Z.F., Li Y.L., Lu M.L., Connolly-Jenks C., Mignone L., Shu X.M., Cao P.Q., Dalbagni G., Reuter V, Scher H., Cordon-Cardo C. 1999. Interaction Between Cigarette Smoking and GST M1 on the Risk of Bladder Cancer. Annals of Epidemiology. 9(7): 446.
“Using Shared Governance when the Faculty Asked for a Divorce,” National Conference of Academic Deans (NCAD), Conway, AR, 2017
“Developing an Undergraduate Interprofessional Collaborative Curriculum,” American Public Health Association (APHA), Chicago, IL, 2015
“Fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of hormone defined breast cancer,” American Association for Cancer Research, San Diego, CA, 2008
“Summarizing the evidence-meta-analyses and pooled analyses,” Special seminar, Institute for Environmental Medicine, Karolinksa Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007
“Meat and fat intake and pancreatic cancer in a pooled analysis of prospective studies,” American Association for Cancer Research, Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2005 and Harvard School of Public Health Annual Poster Day, Boston, MA 2005
“Symptoms in cases with ovarian cancer and controls,” American Society of Preventive Oncology, Bethesda, MD 2000
“Fruit and Vegetable Intake and the Risk of Hormone Defined Breast Cancer,” American Association for Cancer Research, San Diego, CA, 2008.
“Summarizing the Evidence-Meta-Analyses and Pooled Analyses,” Special seminar, Institute for Environmental Medicine, Karolinksa Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007.
“Meat and Fat Intake and Pancreatic Cancer in a Pooled Analysis of Prospective Studies,” American Association for Cancer Research, Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2005 and Harvard School of Public Health Annual Poster Day, Boston, MA, 2005.
“Symptoms in Cases with Ovarian Cancer and Controls,” American Society of Preventive Oncology, Bethesda, MD, 2000.
Zhang Z.F., Li Y.L., Lu M.L., Connolly-Jenks C., Mignone L., Shu X.M., Cao P.Q., Dalbagni G., Reuter V., Scher H, Cordon-Cardo C. 1999. “Cigarette Smoking and GST M1 in Bladder Cancer.” The Fourth Chinese Cancer Epidemiology Conference.