MEG at the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is an extraordinary venue that fosters scientific discussions and helps build bridges across various disciplines. We encourage all meeting attendees to take advantage of the opportunities presented at the meeting to learn about the latest research in molecular epidemiology, attend sessions outside your own areas of expertise, and network with other scientists and clinicians interested in cancer research.  

The AACR Annual Meeting 2016 was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 16-20.

MEG Town Hall Meeting and Reception 
co-sponsored by UK Biobank 

UK Biobank...come and get it
Monday, April 18, 2016
6:30 - 8 p.m.
New Orleans Marriott, Mardi Gras Ballroom D-E

All working group members and annual meeting registrants were cordially invited to attend this Town Meeting and Reception. The program featured Naomi Allen, MS, DPhil, professor at the University of Oxford and senior epidemiologist at UK Biobank, United Kingdom, who spoke on "UK Biobank...come and get it." Additionally, Timothy R. Rebbeck, PhD, professor of epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, 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. A networking reception followed.

MEG Networking Session with early-career researchers
The role of molecular epidemiology in precision medicine 

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
AACRcentral Amphitheater, Exhibit Hall H, Booth #1230 

This open-discussion session provided an opportunity for early-career investigators to interact with experts in molecular epidemiology and other scientific fields. Attendees enjoyed a stimulating and informative discussion on a current topic in cancer research.

Jonine D. Figueroa, PhD, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Leah E. Mechanic, PhD, Epedemiology and Genomics Research Program, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Nilanjan Chatterjee, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Ulrike Peters, PhD, MPH, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Avrum E. Spira, MD, Boston University School of Medicine

Award Lecture
25th Annual AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Monday, April 18, 2016, 1 - 2 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 343
Sir Richard S. Peto, MS, professor of medical statistics and Epidemiology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

The following epidemiology-related sessions were held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; this list may not be all-inclusive:


Integration of Digital Technology into Epidemiologic Data Collection
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., Room 388

Integrating Tumor Heterogeneity into Epidemiologic Studies: New Perspectives on Cancer Etiology
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 1 - 3 p.m., Room 291  

Microbiome and Cancer Immunotherapy
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8  -10 a.m., New Orleans Theater C                     


Digital Exposomics in Cancer Epidemiology
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Room 271      

Major Symposia

Precision Exercise for Treatment of Cancer: A Translational Approach
Monday, April 18, 2016, 1 - 2:45 p.m., Room 383

Insights on Genetic Risk and Biologic Mechanisms of Cancer from Genome-wide Studies of over 500,000 Cases and Controls: Results from the OncoArray Network
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 1 - 2:45 p.m., Room 391

Population Genetics Meets Single Cell Analysis
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 1 - 2:45 p.m., Room 354

Minorities in Cancer Research Scientific Symposium: Ethnic Specific Modifiers of Cancer Risk
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m., Room 383      


Linking Genes, Environment, and Cancer: Lessons from the Mouse
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7  - 8 a.m., Room 254

Assessing Hereditary Cancer Risk in Adults
Monday, April 18, 2016, 7  - 8 a.m., Room 391      

From Epidemiology to Clinical and Public Health Impact: A Case-Study of Liver Cancer in the United States
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7 - 8 a.m., Room 288


Biomarkers and Other Epidemiologic Factors in Cancer Prognosis
Monday, April 18, 2016, 3 - 5 p.m., Room 357      

Endogenous and Exogenous Factors in Cancer Epidemiology throughout the Life Course
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 3 - 5 p.m., Room 275      


Genetic Contributions to Cancer Epidemiology: Familial Cancers and GWAS
Monday, April 18, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 35

Biomarkers of Endogenous and Exogenous Exposures
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 36

Risk Prediction, Screening, and Comparative Effectiveness Research
Monday, April 18, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 36

Epidemiology of Cancer Prognosis and Survival
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 35      

Description of Cancer Trends and Next-Generation Sequencing in Epidemiology
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 34

Diet, Tobacco, Smoking, and Other Lifestyle Factors in Cancer Epidemiology
Monday, April 18, 2016, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 35

Race/Ethnicity and Disparities in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes
Monday, April 18, 2016, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 36

Genes and Function and Risk
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 1 - 5 p.m., Section 36

Exogenous Exposures and Cancer Risk
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 8 a.m. - noon, Section 36

Recent Advances in Prevention Research

Germline Cancer Susceptibility Studies in Diverse Populations
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 1 - 2:45 p.m., Room 388

The Microbiome and Cancer
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:15 a.m. - noon, New Orleans Theater A

Visit the AACR Annual Meeting homepage for more information about the meeting and to access the online itinerary planner.