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 has been extended until August 31, 2014. If you have questions, please contact Kris Swank at Submit abstract

Symposium Keynote

Barbara Dunn, Chemoprevention Agent, NIH, USA

Session: Breast Cancer Prevention...from around the World

Session Chair: Joan Lappe, PhD, RN, FAAN, Creighton University, USA
Session Co-Chair:Tam Donnelly, PhD, University of Calgary-Qatar, Qatar
Speaker: Rami Aqeilan, Associate Professor, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Israel
Susan Bulkeley Butler Leadership Awardee: Nahla Hwalla, PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
5 slots open


Session: From Risk to Tumor: Transition Mechanisms

Session Keynote: Valerie M. Weaver, Professor of Surgery, Anatomy and Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration,
University of California, USA
Speaker: Ole Petersen, MD, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Speaker: Victoria Seewaldt, Professor of Medicine, Duke University, USA


Session: The Molecular Bases of Nutritional Influence on Breast Cancer Prevention

Session Keynote: Patrick Stover, Professor and Director, Nutritional Sciences, USA
Speaker: Anna H. Wu, Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
1 slot open


Session: Epigenetic Memory and Breast Cancer Risk

Session Chair: Sharon Ross, PhD, National Cancer Institute, USA
Speaker: Shuk-mei Ho, Director, Cincinnati Cancer Center, University of Cincinnati, USA
1 slot open


Session: Behavior and Breast Cancer Risk

Speaker: Martine Bellanger, PhD, French School of Public Health (EHESP), France
1 slot open


Session: Gene-environment Interactions that Impact Policies

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


Sponsor for the 2014 Symposium

International Breast Cancer & Nutrition (IBCN)Catherine Peachey Fund
Oncological Sciences Center, Purdue Discovery Park Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
Bindley BioSciences CenterDepartment of Nutrition Science
Purdue University Office of the ProvostPurdue Susan Bulkeley Butler Center


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