Ninth International Breast Cancer Prevention Symposium:

Breast Cancer Prevention: From Genes to Nutrition and Lifestyle


American University of Beirut (AUB)

Beirut, Lebanon

March 20, 2020


Co-Chairs: Martine Bellanger, Nahla Hwalla, Sophie Lelièvre, Rabih Talhouk



Friday March 20, 2020

(Academic and Clinical Center, ACC, AUBMC) 

8:15-8:45 am  

Registration and coffee

8:45-9:10 am

Welcome by co-chairs, GHI, host institution, Dean Rabih Mohtar, FAFS, AUB


Breast Cancer in the MENA Region and Beyond

Chair: Faek Jamali - MD - Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, AUB, Lebanon

Co-Chair: Beatrice Wiafe Addai, MD, PhD - C.E.O., Peace and Love Hospitals, President and Founder, Breast Care International - Ghana

9:15-9:40 am

Key Note Speaker: Arafat Tfayli, MD - Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology, AUB Lebanon

Breast Cancer in the Middle East: Disease Burden and Characteristics

Session 1

Diet and Nutrition in Prevention of Breast Cancer

Chair:  Nahla Hwalla, PhD, RD, FAND - Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences – AUB

9:40-9:50 am

Nahla Hwalla, PhD, RD, FAND

Introductory remarks

9:50-10:10 am

Lara Nasreddine, PhD - Nutrition & Food Sciences Department - AUB – IBCN Member

Differences in Dietary Intakes among Lebanese Adults over a Decade: Results from Two National Surveys 1997-2008/2009

10:10-10:30 am

Farah Naja, PhD - Nutrition and Food Sciences Department - AUB – IBCN Member

Gaps and opportunities for breast cancer and nutrition research in Arab countries: a scoping review

10:30-10:45 am


Session 2

Environmental Contaminants and Breast Cancer

Chair: Najat Saliba, PhD - Department of Chemistry- AUB, Lebanon

Co-Chair: Sophie Lelievre, PhD, DVM - Department of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine - Purdue University - USA – IBCN Member

 10:45-10:50 am

Najat Saliba, PhD - Department of Chemistry- AUB, Lebanon

Introductory Remarks

 10:50-11:10 am

Nathalie Zgheib, PhD – Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology – AUB

Bisphenols and Breast Cancer

 11:10-11:30 am

Sophie Lelièvre, PhD, DVM, Purdue University - USA –IBCN Member

When Pesticides Drive Epigenetic Reprogramming to Promote Breast Cancer Risk 

 11:30-11:50 am

Ahmad Husari, MD, Department of Internal Medicine - AUB, Lebanon

The ABC of Electronic Cigarettes

11:50-12:05 pm


12:05-12:20 pm

Catherine Peachey Oral Presentations

(Graduate and postgraduate trainees)

Chair:  Rihab Nasr, PhD - Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences, AUB, Lebanon

Session 3

Valuing Breast Cancer Prevention: Economic Perspectives and Ethical Considerations

Chair: Rima Habib, PhD – Department of Environmental Health, AUB, Lebanon

12:20-12:40 pm

Martine Bellanger, PhD, EHESP School of Public Health, France

Cost effectiveness of lifestyle related interventions for primary prevention of breast cancer

 12:40-1:00 pm

Salim Adib, MD, DrPH, Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns in the MENA region

 1:30-3:00 PM

Award Lunch (By invitation)

Susan Bulkeley Butler Leadership Excellence Award lecture:

Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACP, FASCO - Professor of Clinical Medicine; Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Director, Breast Center of Excellence, NK Basile Cancer Institute, President, Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation,  AUB, Lebanon. 

Advocating and advancing access, quality care, education and research in breast cancer

Location: Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Ras Beirut

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