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  


8:45-9:00 am

Welcome by the co-chairs and introductory remarks

9:00-9:40 am

Symposium Keynote: TBD

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

10:00-10:20 am

Nahla Hwalla, PhD, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

10:20-10:40 am


10:40-11:00 am

Song-Yi Park, Ph.D, University of Hawaii, USA

11:00-11:20 pm

Marisa Fazzino, MD, Hospital Policial, Montevideo, 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

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

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

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

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

3:45-4:10 pm

Jasmine McDonald, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University

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 - continued

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

Special topic

Nutrition and data science

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

9:15-9:40 am


9:40-10:05 am TBD

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

10:10-10:45 am

5-minutes talks by biologists (S Lelièvre, USA, R Talhouk, AUB, Lebanon, PA Vidi, Wake Forest Medical School, USA) followed by roundtable

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

10:45-11:00 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

11:35-12:00 pm

Chongli Yuan, PhD, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, USA 

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

Session 5

Something ELSE: From data science to behavior changes

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

3:40-4:05 pm

Sudhi Sivaram, DrPH, MPH, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD, USA

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

Tentative Title: Using Real-Time Videoconferences to Expand Cancer Genetics Services in Low-access Populations

4:45-5:10 pm

Marissa Burgermaster, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Population Health, University of Texas at Austin.

Tentative title: Data-Driven Psychosocial Phenotyping for Precision Behavioral Interventions

5:10-6:00 pm

Debate - wrap

7:00-9:00 pm


Symposium party


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