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 will be open for submissions until June 30, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Kris Swank at Submit abstract

Symposium Sessions

Status of breast cancer prevention …from around the world
From Risk to Tumor: Transition Mechanisms
The molecular Bases of Nutritional Influence on Breast Cancer Prevention
Epigenetic Memory and Breast Cancer Risk
Behavior and Breast Cancer Risk
Gene-Environment Interactions that Impact Policies


Symposium Speakers

Rami Aqeilan, Associate Professor, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Israel
Barbara Dunn
, Chemoprevention Agent, NIH, USA
Shuk-mei Ho, Director, Cincinnati Cancer Center, University of Cincinnati, USA
Victoria Seewaldt, Professor of Medicine, Duke University, USA
Patrick Stover, Professor and Director, Nutritional Sciences, USA
Valerie M. Weaver, Professor of Surgery, Anatomy and Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration, University of California, USA
Anna H. Wu, Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, USA


Sponsor for the 2014 Symposium

International Breast Cancer & Nutrition (IBCN)Purdue Marketing & Media
Oncological Sciences Center, Purdue Discovery Park


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