MEG Chairperson-elect 2018-2019: Shelley S. Tworoger, PhD
Congratulations to Dr. Shelley S. Tworoger, the newly-elected MEG chairperson-elect 2018-2019. Learn more about Dr. Tworoger's background and MEG goals, and plan to meet her at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018's MEG Town Hall, Monday evening, April 16. Thank you to those MEG members who participated in the election. We are grateful for your continued support.
MEG at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018
MEG is offering epidemiology consortia meeting space free-of-charge during the Annual Meeting 2018; reserve your space now. A MEG member must submit the application, serving as the meeting's official sponsor. See further details.
Also, plan now to attend the MEG events at the Annual Meeting which will provide stimulating programs and an opportunity to network with your colleagues. Further details will be provided when confirmed. The MEG Steering Committee hopes to see you there!
MEG Special Conference 2019
Stay tuned for more details on this stimulating special conference to focus on modernizing epidemiology in the digital age. We look forward to your attendance at this exciting event that will take place in February 2019 on the USA West Coast.
Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes
Jan. 27-30, 2018, Austin, Texas
Please join conference co-chairs Lewis C. Cantley, Elizabeth A. Platz, and Michael N. Pollak for a meeting that will explore emerging mechanisms surrounding obesity and cancer. This conference will showcase top international researchers from basic, translational, behavioral, and population sciences. Interactive plenary sessions and a panel discussion featuring Graham Colditz, Stephen Hursting, and American Science writer Gary Taubes will examine important issues related to the correlation between obesity and cancer from a variety of unique perspectives as well as from the epidemiologic view of why obesity happens, what effects it can have, and how it can be prevented. For further information, including deadlines for registration and abstract submission, please see the conference webpage.
Transdisciplinary (TD) Training Opportunity in Energetics and Cancer!
We are building a diverse community of TD researchers including those interested in cancer disparities and invite you to apply to our new mentored program: the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop.
The workshop builds upon the NCI TREC Initiative, which was a major scientific research effort that occurred from 2005 to 2016 and will cover topics across the cancer control and T0-T4 continuua.
Funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and led by Yale University’s Dr. Melinda Irwin with a Senior Advisory Board and expert faculty from across North America, this program builds capacity in TD energetics and cancer research and is designed for early career investigators (i.e., junior faculty and postdocs). This five-day, in-residence workshop is offered annually and places emphasis on developing and applying TD competencies focused on energetics (i.e., obesity, diet and exercise) and cancer. Faculty span an array of professional disciplines, from basic scientists to clinicians to behavioral and population scientists. Formal didactic learning is integrated with one-on-one dialog and small group discussions to enable fellows to learn from each other, from faculty, and to develop a TD network.
The second annual course will be held June 17-22, 2018, at Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Costs will be covered (excluding ground transportation).
Notification of intent to apply is due Jan. 2, 2018. Full applications are due Jan. 15, 2018.
For more detail and to apply, visit TRECTraining.yale.edu.
Upcoming EACR Conferences
Plan to attend these upcoming EACR conferences that will provide stimulating programming and networking opportunities:
Eighth EACR-OECI Joint Course: Molecular Pathology Approach to Cancer
June 4-6, 2018
25th Biennial Congress of the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR25): From Fundamental Insight to Rational Cancer Treatment
June 30 - July 3, 2018
Request for Proposals for Genome-wide Investigation of Late-effects Using the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) Cohort
The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) is an NCI-funded resource for the study of long-term survivors of cancer diagnosed during childhood and adolescence. Learn the details regarding the cohort.
Members of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute and CCSS investigators collaborated to conduct a genome-wide association study, initially intended to study the role of genetic susceptibility in the development of subsequent neoplasms as well as first primary childhood cancers using samples from the CCSS Biorepository. Genotyping was conducted for 5739 childhood cancer survivors diagnosed 1970-1986 (5324 are of European ancestry) using the Illumina HumanOmni5Exome microarray, with over 4.1 million loci passing quality control thresholds (based on locus and sample missing rates, sample heterozygosity, and sex discrepancies).
The CCSS leadership is now broadening the scope of this initiative to study the role of genetic susceptibility in the development of non-malignant, treatment-related outcomes in cancer survivors. Accordingly, CCSS is announcing a request for proposals to collaborate with CCSS and NCI investigators in the use of existing genome-wide association study (GWAS) data and corresponding outcomes-related data to address innovative research questions relating to potential genetic contributions to risk for non-malignant treatment-related outcomes. Requests will be accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed three times per year, in February, June, and October (cut-off for receipt of applications February 1, June 1, October 1).
Learn more details regarding the application process as well as the application for data access.
From the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences invites AACR-MEG members to register for upcoming webinars.