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.

Registration is now closed. If you have questions, please contact Kris Swank at

This symposium has been approved for CME credit by the Lafayette Medical Education Foundation.

Symposium Keynote:

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

Breast Cancer Prevention....from around the world

Chair: Joan Lappe, PhD, RN, FAAN, Creighton University, USA
Cochair: Martine Bellanger, PhD, French School of Public Health (EHESP), France
Speaker: Rami Aqeilan, PhD, Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem
Speaker: Rihab NasrAmerican University of Beirut, Lebanon
Speaker: Marisa Fazzino, MD, Ministry of Health, Uruguay
Speaker: Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Columiba University, New YorkUSA
Susan Bulkeley Butler Award Speaker
Nahla Hwalla, PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

From Risk to Tumor - Transition Mechanisms

Chair: Dorothy Teegarden, PhD, Nutrition Science, Purdue University, USA
CoChair: Ignacio Camarillo, PhD, Biological Sciences, Purdue University, USA
Speaker: Victoria Seewaldt, Professor of Medicine, Duke University, USA
SpeakerOle PetersonMD, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Speaker: Xiang Zhu, MS, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, USA

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 NajaPhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
SpeakerPatrick Stover, Professor and Director, Nutritional Sciences, USA
Speaker: Barbara Stefanska, PhD, Purdue University, USA
Speaker: Anna H. Wu, Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Speaker: John Springer, PhD, Department of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University, USA

Catherine Peachey Oral Presentations

Kimberly McDole, Graduate Student, Purdue University, USA 
Dana Bazzoun, Graduate Student, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Maryam Ahmadian
, Postdoctoral Trainee, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
Xuanzhu Zhou, Graduate Student, Purdue University, USA 

Epigenetic Memory and Breast Cancer Risk

Chair: Leslie Reinlib, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, USA 
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

ChairSandra Liu, PhD, Department of Consumer Science, Purdue University, USA 
Speaker: Martine Bellanger, PhD, French School of Public Health (EHESP), France
Speaker: Ying Lu, PhD, Public Health College of Xinjiang Medical University, China
Speaker: Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, MD, PhD, Peace & Love Hospital, Ghana

Gene-environment Interactions that Impact Policies

Chair: Patricia Boling, PhD, Political Science, Purdue University, USA
Speaker: Leslie Reinlib, PhD, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, USA 
Speaker: Areej Khatib, MD, Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem
Speaker: Elizabeth Rowe, PhD, Department of Anthropology Purdue University, USA


Corporate Sponsors for the 2014 Symposium
Pathway Genomics • Visitor Guard


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 Center• Catherine Peachey Fund • Department of Nutrition Science 
Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders
Institut National de Prevention et d"Education pour la Santé (INPES) • Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique
College of Health and Human Sciences • Department of Statistics • Statistical Bioinformatics Center 
College of Agriculture • College of Liberal Arts • College of Veterinary Medicine

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