Co-Chairs: Martine Bellanger, Sophie A. Lelièvre, and Connie M. Weaver

Organized by the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN) group

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The goal of this symposium is to bring together global public  health actors, advocates, and researchers on breast cancer prevention, to  discuss the impact of environmental factors such as foods, stress, exercise on the genome. The symposium will take us on a journey across disciplines to study different levels of gene –environment interactions. Concretely, we will explore the epigenetic mechanisms of gene expression control, health policy and practices, socioeconomic and cultural contexts in which these environmental factors come into play.

Breast cancer prevention is a global public  health challenge that requires: Utilization of the diversity  of diet: environment and epigenomic pool  globally; A multidisciplinary approach: biology, epidemiology, medicine,  nutrition, social sciences and communication, education, and public policy;  Contributions from scientists, clinicians, and advocates; Sustained  international effort in research and action.

Abstracts submission for poster and oral presentations closed on September 15, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Kris Swank at

Symposium Keynote:

Barbara Dunn, MD, PhD,Chemoprevention Agent Development Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, NIH

Breast Cancer Prevention....from around the world

Speaker: Rami Aqeilan, PhD, Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem
Speaker: Rihab Nasr, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Speaker: Marisa Fazzino, MD, Ministry of Health, Uruguay
Speaker: Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Columiba University, New York, USA
Susan Bulkeley Butler Award Speaker: Nahla Hwalla, PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
1 slot open

From Risk to Tumor - Transition Mechanisms

Speaker: Victoria Seewaldt, Professor of Medicine, Duke University, USA
Speaker: Ole Peterson, MD, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Featured Presentation

Speaker: Valerie Weaver, PhD, University of California San Francisco, USA

The Molecular Bases of Nutritional Influence on Breast Cancer Prevention

Chair: Sharon Ross, PhD, National Cancer Institute, USA
CoChair: Farah Naja, PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Speaker: Patrick Stover, Professor and Director, Nutritional Sciences, USA
Speaker: Anna H. Wu, Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, USA

Epigenetic Memory and Breast Cancer Risk

Speaker: Sharon Ross, PhD, National Cancer Institute, USA
Speaker: Shuk-mei Ho, Director, Cincinnati Cancer Center, University of Cincinnati, USA

Behavior and Breast Cancer Risk

Speaker: Martine Bellanger, PhD, French School of Public Health (EHESP), France
Speaker: Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, MD, PhD, Peace & Love Hospital, Ghana

Epigenetic Memory and Breast Cancer Risk

Speaker: Elizabeth Rowe, PhD, Department of Anthropology Purdue University, USA
3 slots open


Sponsors for the 2014 Symposium

International Breast Cancer & Nutrition (IBCN) Oncological Sciences Center, Purdue Discovery Park
Purdue University Center for Cancer Research Purdue University Office of the Provost
Bindley BioSciences CenterCatherine Peachey Fund Department of Nutrition Science
Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders Visitor Guard
Institut National de Prevention et d"Education pour la Santé (INPES) Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique
College of Liberal Arts College of Health and Human Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine College of Agriculture


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