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MEG at the Annual Meeting

The AACR Annual Meeting 2015 was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 18-22.

MEG Town Hall Meeting and Reception 
Co-sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)

The Continuous Update Project: Challenges in Keeping the Evidence on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer Up-to-Date
Monday, April 20, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Salons A-B

All working group members and annual meeting registrants were cordially invited to attend this Town Meeting and Reception. The program featured Edward L. Giovannucci, MD, ScD, professor of nutrition and epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, who spoke on "The Continuous Update Project (CUP)." Additionally, Timothy R. Rebbeck, PhD, professor, biostatistics and epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and editor-in-chief of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP), gave an update on this exciting journal. Participants learned about these and other important MEG initiatives, met members of the working group and steering committee, as well as the newest MEG Scholar-in-Training Award recipients, in addition to learning more about joining the MEG Working Group.

Program:

  • Outgoing Chairperson -  Susan M. Gapstur

  • Incoming Chairperson - Jo L. Freudenheim

  • Recognition of recipients of the MEG Scholar-in-Training Award

  • Review of the MEG activities and upcoming initiatives

  • Update on the Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP)
    • Timothy R. Rebbeck, University of Pennsylvania

  • The Continuous Update Project: Challenges in keeping the evidence on nutrition, physical activity and cancer up to date
    • Edward L. Giovannuci, Harvard School of Public Health


The Future of Molecular Epidemiology in the Omics Era

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:30-3 p.m.
AACRcentral Amphitheater 

This open-discussion session provided an opportunity for early-career investigators to interact with experts in molecular epidemiology and other scientific fields. There was stimulating and informative discussion on omics.

Moderators:
David C. Christiani, MD, Harvard Medical School
Jonine D. Figueroa, PhD, DCEG-National Cancer Institute

Panel:
Christopher I. Amos, PhD, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Celine M. Vachon, PhD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
David J. Hunter, MBBS, ScD, Harvard School of Public Health

Other MEG-Related Content (held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, unless otherwise noted; this list may not be all-inclusive of the sessions offered)

Award Lecture
24th Annual AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
Mitchell H. Gail, MD, PhD, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Rockville, Maryland
Risk Models and Cancer Prevention
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 3 - 4 p.m., Grand Ballroom

Educational Sessions

Strategies for Measuring Diet Quality in Population Studies of Cancer Outcomes
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 - 10 a.m., Room 119   

(Prevention) Targeting Genetic Drivers in Premalignancy
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 - 10 a.m., Room 120

The Fundamentals of Big Data Analysis
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 - 10 a.m., Terrace Ballroom I (400 Level)

What Can Proteomics Teach Us That Genetics Cannot?
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 - 10 a.m., Room 118

Epidemiology of Cancer Prognosis and Outcomes
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m., Room 121

The Price of Cure: Long-Term Outcomes in Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 119

(Prevention) Aspirin, NSAIDS, and Cancer: New Opportunities
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 114   

Population Screening for Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancers: Are We There Yet?
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., Room 126   

Endogenous Steroid Hormones and Risk of Cancer
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., Room 120

Methods Workshops

Human Biospecimens in Cancer Research: Do You Know Where Your Samples Came From and Where They Have Been? Are You Analyzing Artifact instead of Biology?
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 - 10 a.m., Room 115

(Prevention) Novel Platforms for Early Detection of Malignancies
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 118 

Design and Method Workshop for Clinical Trials and Population Studies, Part 4: Leveraging Population Data and Electronic Medical Record Databases for Hypothesis Generation, Validation, and Decision Support
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., Room 201

Awards

10th Annual AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lectureship
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m., Terrace Ballroom II-III (400 Level) 

24th Annual AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 3 - 4 p.m., Grand Ballroom (300 Level)    

Forum

Dietary Supplements and Cancer Risk and Prognosis
Monday, April 20, 2015, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Room 115  

Major Symposia

Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease:  Comparison of Risk Factors
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 120

Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Terrace Ballroom II-III (400 Level)  

Mechanistic Targets and Intervention Strategies for Breaking the Obesity-Cancer Link
Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Terrace Ballroom II-III (400 Level)

Deregulation of Cancer Hallmarks by microRNAs and other Noncoding RNAs
Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Terrace Ballroom I (400 Level)  

Microbiome and Tumor Immunity
Monday, April 20, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Grand Ballroom (300 Level) 

Metabolism And Aging
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. , Room 201   

Emerging Methodology and Tools for Understanding the Genetics of Cancer Disparities
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 122

Chronic Infections Driving Cancer
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 103

Liquid Biopsy Approaches for Detecting, Monitoring, and Characterizing Human Cancer
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Terrace Ballroom II-III (400 Level)

Epigenetic Mechanisms in Cancer Risk
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon, Room 120

Minisymposia

Biomarkers and Cancer: New Insights
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., Terrace Ballroom IV (400 Level)

Mechanisms of Cancer Initiation and New Targets for Prevention
Monday, April 20, 2015, 3 - 5 p.m., Room 126

Predictive and Prognostic Biomarkers
Monday, April 20, 2015, 3 - 5 p.m., Room 115

Molecular Endocrinology of Breast and Prostate Cancer
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 3 - 5 p.m., Room 121

Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer 4: New Insights
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 3 - 5 p.m., Room 108

Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary: The Genome and Beyond
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - noon, Hall A (200 Level)

Precision Medicine Comes to Cancer Prevention and Screening
Monday, April 20, 2015, 8:15 - 10:15 a.m., Hall A (200 Level)

Closing Plenary: AACR Annual Meeting 2015 Highlights: Vision for the Future
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, noon - 1:30 3 - 5 p.m., Terrace Ballroom I-IV (400 Level)

Poster Sessions

Cancer Risk/Mortality: Exposures, Biomarkers, and Genetics 1
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 35

Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer 2: Colorectal, Lung, and Prostate
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 35

Lifestyle Factors and Cancer Risk/Mortality
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 36

Diet and Cancer Risk/Mortality
Monday, April 20, 2015, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 37

Familial Cancer: Exposures, Biomarkers, and Genetics
Monday, April 20, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 36

Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer 1: Breast
Monday, April 20, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 37

Descriptive Epidemiology, Health Disparities, and Survivorship
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 8:00 AM -12:00 PM, Section 37

Late-Breaking Research: Epidemiology
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 40

Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer 3
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 36

Cancer Risk/Mortality: Exposures, Biomarkers, and Genetics 2
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 38

Recent Advances in Diagnostics and Therapeutics Research

Germline Alterations and Susceptibility to Childhood Cancer
Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 118

Recent Advances in Epidemiology and Prevention Research

Cancer Immunoprevention
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 121   

Lung Cancer and COPD: Commonalities
Monday, April 20, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 120   

Epidemiology of Obesity and Endometrial Cancer
Monday, April 20, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 114   

Breast Cancer Around the World: Is It the Same Disease?
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 121        

Cancer Risk Factors and Targeted Screening
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 119   

Early Detection and Overdiagnosis in Cancer
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon, Room 119

Recent Advances in Organ-Site Research

Elucidating Mechanisms that Underlie the Development of Pediatric Brain Cancers
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room 204

Colorectal Cancer Subtypes: How Many, How Meaningful?
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 10 a.m. - noon, Room 114

NCI-sponsored Session

Biospecimens to Support Cancer Research
Monday, April 20, 2015, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Room 105

Special Session

The future of molecular epidemiology in the omics era
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:30 - 3 p.m., AACRcentral, Booth #725, AACR Amphitheater, Halls B-E