Eighth International Breast Cancer Prevention Symposium:

Engineering, Technology and Data Science for primary prevention

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA

October 8-9, 2018


Co-Chairs: Sophie Lelièvre, Connie Weaver, Martine Bellanger, Mary Beth Terry



Monday, October 8, 2018

Pfendler Hall, 715 W. State St, Deans Auditorium, Room 241

8:15-8:45 am  

Registration and breakfast

8:45-9:00 am

Welcome by the co-chairs and introductory remarks by Timothy L. Ratliff, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Comparative Pathobiology and Robert Wallace Miller Director, Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

9:00-9:40 am

Symposium Keynote: Andy Tao, PhD, Purdue University “Developing exosome phosphoproteins as breast cancer biomarkers: Promise and Challenges”

Session 1

Breast Cancer Prevention… from around the world

Chair: Graciela Sabini, MD, Ministry of Health, Montevideo, Uruguay

Co-Chair: Victoria Seewaldt, MD, PhD, City of Hope, CA 

9:40-10:00 am

Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, MD, PhD, Peace and Love hospitals, Kumasi, Ghana “Prevention and early detection of breast cancer in LMICs: BCI/PLH model in education, research, awareness creation and screening.”

10:00-10:20 am

Nahla Hwalla, PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon “Nutrition and cancer: Reviewing the evidence”

10:20-10:40 am


10:40-11:00 am

Song-Yi Park, Ph.D, University of Hawaii, USA “Diet and Breast Cancer Risk in the Multiethnic Cohort Study”              

11:00-11:20 pm

Marisa Fazzino, MD, Hospital Policial, Montevideo, Uruguay “Breast Cancer Prevention in Uruguay”

11:20-11:40 pm

Charlotte Huet MD, PhD, Unicancer Rennes, and Caroline Abadie, MD, PhD,Institut de Cancérologie de l’ouest, Nantes, France “Genetic predisposition to breast cancer: from screening to the health care management of very high risk women“

12:00-2:00 pm

Award Lunch

Purdue West Faculty Lounge Room 240

Susan Bulkeley Butler Leadership Excellence Award lecture:  

Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University

Breast cancer prevention in Young Women: Less (Family) History more Forecasting”

Session 2

Rethinking breast cancer prevention: Novel ways to monitor risk

Chair: Mary Beth Terry, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University

Co-Chair: Nora Artagaveytia, MD, PhD Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay

2:00-2:15 pm

Introductory remarks by Mary Beth Terry and Victoria Seewaldt

2:15-2:40 pm

Lothar Lilge, PhD, Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto “Optical Breast Spectroscopy as alternative methods to monitor efficacy of Breast Cancer prevention strategies”

2:40-3:05 pm

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California Davis “An update on the role of homologous recombination genes in cancer risk: mutation prevalence in non-Caucasians and the role in gastro-intestinal malignancies”

3:05-3:20 pm


3:20-3:45 pm

Andreas H Hielscher, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology (Physics) and Electrical Engineering, Columbia University"Dynamic Optical Tomography for Predicting Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Outcome and Assessing Breast Cancer Risk"

3:45-4:10 pm

Jasmine McDonald, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University “Can the postpartum period be a point of assessment for breast cancer risk?”

4:10-5:00 pm


5:30-8:00 pm

Poster Session and buffet

DAUCH Alumni Center, 403 W. Wood Street, Prusiecki Banquet Room & Rudolph Living Room

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Jerry S Rawls Hall (RAWL), 100 S. Grant, Room 1086

8:00-8:30 am

Registration and breakfast

8:30-9:15 am

Symposium Keynote on the future of data science: Sharon Ross, PhD, MPH, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA “The promise and challenge of data science for cancer prevention.”

Special topic

Nutrition and data science

Chair: Connie Weaver, PhD, Nutrition Science, Purdue University

9:15-9:40 am

Min Zhang, MD, PhD. Department of Statistics, Purdue University “New Statistical Tools for Integrative Analysis of Omics Data”

9:40-10:05 am Forum Discussion

Special topic

Organs-on-a-chip for primary prevention research

Chair: Leslie Reinlib, PhD, Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

10:10-10:30 am

5-minutes talks by biologists and Engineers followed by roundtable

Sophie Lelièvre, PhD, DVM, LLMPH (Purdue University) "risk-on-a-chip for primary prevention research"

Rabih Talhouk, PhD (American University of Beirut): “A Biomimetic Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) device for studying cancer growth in ductal systems. A Prototype”

Pierre-Alexandre Vidi, PhD (Wake Forest University)“Quantification of epithelial cell polarity using radial intensity profiles”

Rahim Rahimi, PhD (Purdue University) "Rapid laser manufacturing of multi-layer microfluidic devices"

10:30-10:55 am

Forum Discussion

10:55-11:10 am


Session 4

Measuring epigenetic information for cancer risk assessment

Chair: Sharon Ross, PhD, MPH, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA            

11:10-11:35 am

Pierre-Francois Cartron, PhD, Institut de Cancérologie de l’ouest, France “Role of epigenetic in the "Glyphosate+X=Breast cancer"

11:35-12:00 pm

Chongli Yuan, PhD, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, USA “Contribution of epigenetic factors to the acquisition of drug resistance in cancer cells”

12:00-12:25 pm

Rihab Nasr, PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon “microRNA Expression in Ethnic Specific Early Stage Breast Cancer”

12:30-2:00 pm

Lunch on your own

2:00-3:00 pm

Catherine Peachey Oral Presentations

(Graduate and postgraduate trainees)

Chair: Marion Lee, PhD, The Center for Health and Community, University of California San Francisco, USA and Institute of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Nataly Naser Al Deen, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, “Dysregulated microRNAs in Early Onset Breast Cancer in Lebanon and their Association with Loss of Morphogenesis of Breast Epithelium in a 3D Culture Model”

Rhonda Arthur, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA, “Body Fat and Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women with Normal Body Mass Index: A Secondary Analysis of the Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Clinical Trials and Observational Study”

Dennis Cladis, Purdue University, USA, “Mineral and Phenolic Content in Representative Diets from Seven Countries for the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition Project”

Farzaneh Atrian Afyani, Purdue University, USA, “Enhancing the Effect of Anticancer Drugs through Modifications of Nuclear Morphology”

Session 5

New technologies and data science for prevention interventions and implementation

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

Co-Chair: Parisa Tehranifar, DrPH , Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health NYC, USA  

3:15-3:40 pm

Lauren Houghton, PhD, and Jasmine McDonald, PhD, Columbia University, NYC, USA “Mobilizing breast cancer research through smartphone apps”

3:40-4:05 pm

Sudhi Sivaram, DrPH, MPH, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD, USA “Using technology for cancer prevention and treatment: research opportunities and lessons from global settings”

4:05-4:20 pm


4:20-4:45 pm

Angela Bradbury, MD, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA “Innovative delivery models to increase access to genetic services”

4:45-5:10 pm

Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Population Health, University of Texas at Austin. “Precision Behavioral Nutrition: Improving Behavior Change Interventions with Patient-Generated Data”

5:10-6:00 pm

Debate - wrap

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