Ninth International Breast Cancer Prevention Symposium:

Breast Cancer Prevention: From Genes to Nutrition and Lifestyle


American University of Beirut (AUB)

Beirut, Lebanon

November 14-15, 2019


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



Thursday, November 14, 2019

(West Hall, AUB) 

8:15-8:45 am  

Registration and breakfast

8:45-9:00 am

Welcome by the co-chairs and introductory remarks by hosting institution

9:00-9:40 am

Symposium Keynote: Jean Pierre Issa, MD, President & CEO of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research.  NJ, USA.

Epigentics and the Fountain of Youth

Session 1

Breast Cancer in the MENA Region and Beyond

Chair: Hazem Assi - MD - Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology, AUB Lebanon

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


9:40-10:00 am

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

Breast Cancer in the Middle East: Disease Burden and Characteristics

10:00-10:20 am

Victoria Seewaldt, MD, PhD – Chair of the Department of Population Science Associate Cancer Center Director - City of Hope Los Angeles, CA, USA

Investigating the Biology of Aggressive Breast Cancer in Black and Latina Women

10:20-10:40 am


10:40-11:00 am

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

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns in the MENA region

11:00-11:20 pm

Hikmat Abdel-Razeq, MD - King Hussein Cancer Center – Jordan

Hereditary Breast Cancer in the MENA region

11:20-11:40 pm

Shaikha Sami Abushaikha, MD - Screening Programs Department – Primary Health Care Corporation, Doha – Qatar

National Breast Cancer Screening Program, Qatar’s Experience 2016-2018 (Round 1)

12:00-2:00 pm

Award Lunch

Susan Bulkeley Butler Leadership Excellence Award lecture:

Nagi Saghir, MD - Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology, AUB Lebanon 

Title: TBD

Location: TBD

Session 2

Epigenetics, Life Course and Cancer Risk

Chair: Jean Pierre Issa, MD - Coriell Institute for Medical Research, USA

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

2:00-2:10 pm

Jean Pierre Issa, MD - Coriell Institute for Medical Research, USA

Introductory remarks

2:10-2:35 pm

Cheryl Walker, PhD - Director of the Center for Translational Environmental Health Research - Texas A&M

Epigenetic Effects of Early Life Exposures

2:35-3:00 pm

Steve Belinsky, PhD - Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and vice president – Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, NM

Epigenetic Effects of Smoking in the Context of Cancer

3:00-3:25 pm


3:25-3:50 pm

Carmen Sapienza, PhD - Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Temple University

DNA Methylation Outliers: Miners Canaries or Doomed from the Start?

3:50-4:15 pm

Zdenko Herceg, PhD (Head, Section of Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis) & Akram Ghantous, PhD (Staff Scientist) - International Agency for Research on Cancer- WHO France  

Epigenetic Drivers of Breast Cancer and Associated Environmental Determinants

4:30-7:00 pm

Poster Session and Buffet

Location: TBA

Friday, November 15, 2019

(West Hall, AUB) 

8:00-8:30 am

Registration and breakfast

8:30-9:10 am

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

Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research

Session 3

Diet, Nutrition and Physical Activity in Prevention of Breast Cancer

Chair: Nahla Hwalla, PhD, RD, FAND - Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences – AUB

Co-Chair: Michelle Forman, PhD - Department of Nutrition Science - Purdue University

9:10-9:30 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’

9:30-9:50 am

Michele Forman, PhD - Head, Department of Nutrition Science - Purdue University - USA –IBCN Member

Paradigm of Nutrition and Breast Cancer

9:50-10:10 am


10:10-10:30 am

Michele Forman, PhD - Head, Department of Nutrition Science - Purdue University - USA –IBCN Member

Diet and Breast Cancer: Where Does the Signal Appear During the Life Course?

10:30-10:50 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

10:50-11:20 am


11:20-12:00 am

Catherine Peachey Oral Presentations

(Graduate and postgraduate trainees)

12:00-2:00 pm

Lunch on your own

Session 4

Environmental Contaminants and Breast Cancer

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

Co-Chair: TBA

2:00-2:05 pm

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

Introductory Remarks

2:05-2:20 pm

Mary Beth Terry, PhD - Department of Epidemiology - School of Public Health - Columbia University

On the Need to Focus on Environmental Chemicals and Exposures to Understand Global Breast Cancer Risk

2:20-2:35 pm

Lie-Fen Shuyr, PhD -  Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Contaminants & Breast Cancer: An Overview and Updates on Current Research

2:35-2:50 pm

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

Bisphenols and Breast Cancer

2:50-3:05 pm

Pierre-François Cartron, Epigenetic Network Coordinator, LaBCT ICO, University of Nantes, France

When Pesticides Drive Epigenetic Reprogramming to Promote Breast Cancer Risk

3:05-3:20 pm

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

The ABC of Electronic Cigarettes

3:20-3:40 pm


Session 5

Valuing Breast Cancer Prevention: Economic Perspectives and Ethical Considerations

Chair: TBA

Co-Chair: Parisa Tehranifar, PhD, Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center

3:40-4:00 pm

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

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

4:00-4:20 pm

Munir Ahmad Abu-Helalah, MD, MPH, PhD - Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Consultant Chronic Diseases Control & Prevention and Medical Screening, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, Cancer Care Commission, Oxford, UK. 

Breast Cancer Prevention and Control: Policy Planning and Evidence Based Approach in the MENA Region

4:20-4:40 pm

Mónica Cappett, PhD, Laboratorio de Epidemiología Genética, Dpto. Genética, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la República – Uruguay

Translating research on novel epigenetic markers of breast cancer risk in Uruguay into prevention policies: opportunities and challenges.

4:40-5:10 pm

Debate - wrap up

7:00 pm

Dinner Party

NOTE: TBA = To be announced

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