​​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 2018 was held in Chicago, Illinois, April 14-18.

MEG Town Hall Meeting and Reception 

Monday, April 16, 2018; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center-South, Room S106

Program Topic: "Peering into Peer Review"
Chairperson: Melissa L. Bondy, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Chairperson-elect: Ellen L. Goode, PhD, MPH, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
See photos from the Town Hall Meeting and Reception

All working group members and annual meeting registrants were cordially invited to attend this Town Meeting and Reception. The featured program on "Peering into Peer Review" included presentations and a panel discussion by Drs. Angela Y. Ng (National Institutes of Health); Julie R. Palmer (Boston University, Slone Epidemiology Center) and Leah E. Mechanic (National Cancer Institute). Additionally, Nigel T. Brockton, PhD, director of research, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), presented "Diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer: a global perspective" from the WCRF/AICR Third Expert Report – 10 years of progress. Attendees learned about these current topics 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 Special Networking Session with Early-career Researchers

"Early Career Research Opportunities"
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:15 - 2 p.m.; Exhibit Hall A, AACRcentral Amphitheater, Booth #2312
This informal open-discussion session provided an opportunity for early-career investigators to interact with professionals from the AACR; the ACS; and the NCI who provided guidance and advice, particularly in the field of molecular epidemiology.

Award Lecture
27th Annual AACR-American Cancer Society Award for
Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 3:45-4:30 p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center-South, Room S404
Recipient: Leslie Bernstein, PhD
Director and Professor, Department of Cancer Etiology
City of Hope, Duarte, California
Lecture Topic: Evolving approaches in cancer epidemiology: Time, serendipity, and risk

Joint Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) / MEG Symposium

Program Topic: "Aggressive Cancer Phenotypes in Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations: Opportunities and Challenges"

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 3-5 p.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center-North, Room N228

Laura Fejerman, University of Califorinia at San Francisco, California
Melissa L. Bondy, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

This session focused on the current understanding regarding the greater susceptibility of different minority populations to aggressive forms of cancer. During this session featured speakers presented on the various risk factors, survivorship and ancestry of colon, prostate, and liver cancers in the African American and Hispanic/Latino populations. There were informative presentations by  John M. Carethers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Kathleen A. Cooney, University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Hashem B. El-Serag, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

For other epidemiology and prevention-related sessions, see the MEG-related sessions online planner, here. Please note that this list may not be all-inclusive of the epidemiology and prevention-related sessions offered.

Visit the AACR Annual Meeting homepage for more logistical information. Access the all-session online planner.