May 20 - 23, 2008
Cornelia M. Ulrich, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Stephen J. Chanock, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD
Lon R. Cardon, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Christopher A. Haiman, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA
M. Elena Martinez, Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, AZ
Julie A. Ross, University of Minnesota Cancer Center, Minneapolis, MN
Thomas A. Sellers, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL
Alice S. Whittemore, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
This AACR Special Conference was presented in conjunction with the Molecular Epidemiology Working Group of the AACR.
Molecular epidemiologists and geneticists now have the tools on hand to assess comprehensively genetic susceptibility for cancer risk. The two state-of the art approaches – genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and candidate pathway studies – provide complementary types of information and have different strengths and limitations. With technologies and statistical methods for both of these approaches rapidly advancing, we face the challenge of mining the enormous databases available in order to advance the field. Key questions to be addressed are the study designs for large-scale genetic investigation and the integration of environmental factors in order to understand the complex interactions underlying cancer susceptibility.
This conference showcased researchers from different disciplines, who have excelled in addressing these challenges and are creative in developing new methods. Leaders in the field presented the most up-to-date results from genome-wide and candidate pathway studies. Speakers and attendees from diverse disciplines engaged in stimulating discussions that will help propel the field of molecular and genetic epidemiology forward.
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