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11th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved

​Program 

Friday, Nov. 2

Saturday, Nov. 3

Sunday, Nov. 4

Monday, Nov. 5


Friday, Nov. 2

MICR Council Meet and Greet
4-5 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Keynote Session
5-6:45 p.m.

Keynote Lecture: How the National Cancer Institute is working to reduce cancer health disparities
Norman E. Sharpless, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland

Ninth Annual AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen®: Towards understanding psychosocial and behavioral issues in cancer health disparities
Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, South Carolina


Poster Session A / Opening Reception
6:45-8:45 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 3

Continental Breakfast with Professional Networking Roundtables
8-9 a.m.


Plenary Session 1: Ensuring Diversity in Precision Medicine Initiatives – Where Are We Now and What Are We Doing?
Session Chair: Elena Martinez, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, California
9-10:30 a.m.

Ensuring diversity in precision medicine initiatives: Where are we now and what are we doing?
Elena Martinez

The All of Us Research Program and precision engagement 
Dara Richardson-Heron, National Institutes of Health All of Us Initiative, Rockville, Maryland

What doctors, patients and the Latino community need to do to prepare for precision medicine?
Gregory A. Talavera, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

Advocate perspective: Barriers to healthcare in minority communities
COL. (Ret.) James E. Williams, Jr., Pennsylvania Prostate Cancer Coalition and Intercultural Cancer Council, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania


Break
10:30-11 a.m.


Plenary Session 2: Cancer Health Disparities in Louisiana
Session Chair: Augusto C. Ochoa, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Understanding the molecular landscape of gastric premalignant stages
Jovanny Zabaleta, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Biobanking and genomic research: Understanding and acceptance of individuals underrepresented in clinical trials
Terry Davis, LSU Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, Shreveport, Louisiana

Exploring social determinants of cancer outcomes using multilevel spatial analysis
Richard Scribner, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Colorectal cancer in Louisiana: Disparities in incidence, mortality and access to screening
Jordan J. Karlitz, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana


MICR Professional Advancement Session / Lunch on Own (for those not attending PAS)
12:30-2 p.m.


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Educational Sessions 1 & 2
2-3 p.m.

Educational Session 1: Progress in Colorectal Cancer – From Screening to Survivorship
Session Chair: Samir Gupta, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Progress in colorectal cancer screening: Past, present, and future
Darrell M. Gray,II, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Advocate perspective: The road traveled – Challenges, changes, and survivorship
Candace Henley, The Blue Hat Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

Follow-up of abnormal colorectal cancer screening: Challenges and solutions
Folasade P. May, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California

Improving outcomes for all colorectal cancer survivors
Judith Lee Smith, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia


Educational Session 2: Training the Next Generation of Cancer Health Disparities Researchers
Session Chair: Sanya A. Springfield, National Cancer Institute-Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, Bethesda, Maryland

Emerging priorities for the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in diversity workforce training and cancer health disparities research 
Sanya A. Springfield

The bridge less traveled: Diversifying the doctoral pipeline in public health and social/behavioral research
Rena J. Pasick, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, California

Lessons learned from seventeen years of cancer research experiences program for underrepresented high school and college students 
Karen Burns White, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

Innovations in cancer disparities training: What is role of the community?
Lorna H. McNeill, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

North Carolina Central University and Duke Cancer Institute’s collaborative cancer research and education program: Connecting cancer disparities translational research, clinical trials operations, and community engagement
Nadine J. Barrett, Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, North Carolina


Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

3-4 p.m.

Concurrent Session 1: Using Emerging Approaches and Technologies to Increase Participation of Minorities, Rural Populations, and Small Oncology Centers
Session Chair: Brian M. Rivers, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Approaches to evaluating therapies in underrepresented populations
Lola A. Fashoyin-Aje, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland

Using electronic health records for participant recruitment: Policies and outcomes
Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, South Carolina

Assembling study cohorts for molecular characterization from medically underserved populations: A view from the trenches
Kevin L. Gardner, Columbia University, New York, New York

Concurrent Session 2: Immigration and Refugee Populations and Cancer Health Disparities
Session Chair: Deborah O. Erwin, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York

Understanding the unique experience among Chinese immigrant breast cancer survivors
Qian Lu, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Health Disparities Research, Houston, Texas

Engaging refugees and immigrants in breast health education
May Shogan, International Institute of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Effect of migration to the US on health characteristics of the African diaspora 
Camille C. R. Ragin, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Break
4-4:30 p.m.


Recent Discoveries and Hot Topics in Cancer Health Disparities 1
Session Chair: Adam B. Murphy, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
4:30-6 p.m.

Factors associated with dual use of electronic cigarettes among adult American Indians who smoke: A Cherokee Nation cohort study
Dorothy Rhoades, Stephenson Cancer Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Contextualizing the association between social isolation and smoking among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults: Psychosocial, life-contextual, and healthcare factors
Kassandra Alcaraz, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia

Disparities in work status after treatment for breast cancer: A controlled, longitudinal study
Victoria Blinder, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Engaging in physical activity after a cancer diagnosis: A Detroit ROCS Study
Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer, Wayne University Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, Michigan

A genetic variant at 6q25 associated with estrogen receptor negative breast cancer subtypes in Peruvian breast cancer patients
Katie Marker, University of California, Berkeley, California

Research on prostate cancer in men of African ancestry: Defining the roles of genetics, tumor markers and social stress
Ann Hamilton, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California


Poster Session B / Reception

6-8 p.m.

Evening Off / Dinner on Own
8 p.m.


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Sunday, Nov. 4

Continental Breakfast with Professional Networking Roundtables
8-9 a.m.

Plenary Session 3: ‘Omics Studies in Cancer Disparities
Session Chair: John D. Carpten, USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
9-10:30 a.m.

The role of genomic and microbiomics in colorectal cancer among African American patients
Hassan Ashktorab, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Mechanistic differences in early-onset colorectal cancer
Nathan A. Ellis, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona

Exploring the impact of African Ancestry in tumor immune response, a possible role in disparate clinical outcomes
Melissa B. Davis, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, Michigan

Break
10:30-11 a.m.


Recent Discoveries and Hot Topics in Cancer Health Disparities 2
Session Chair: Matthew P. Banegas, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, Oregon
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    

Racial differences in financial toxicity among metastatic breast cancer patients
Cleo Samuel, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Higher expression of SATB2 gene in hepatocellular carcinoma of African American patients determines aggressiveness phenotypes than those in Caucasian Americans
Rakesh Srivastava, LSUHSC-NO, New Orleans, Louisiana

MicroRNA-1205 regulation of FRYL and aggressive prostate cancer in men of African ancestry
Michelle Naidoo, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, New York

Fewer rural cancer patients treated with antineoplastic agents
Cathy Bradley, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado

Racial differences in characteristics of early- vs late-onset colorectal cancer among Veterans
Monalesia Chapman, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Durham VA Healthcare System, HIllsborough, North Carolina

CRC screening in rural community clinics using the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT):  Issues with repeat screening
Connie Arnold, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center and LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana

12:30-2:30 p.m.


Educational Sessions 3 & 4
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Educational Session 3: Cancer Health Disparities – Emerging System-Level Discoveries of the Molecular Drivers
Session Chair: Isidore Rigoutsos, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Advocate perspective:Diversity in research – A missing link to eliminate health disparities
Barbara Segarra-Vazquez, University of Puerto Rico and Susan G. Komen, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Racial differences in the lung cancer transcriptome: Insights from coding, non-coding and alternative polyadenylated genes
Brid Ryan, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Intrinsic and extrinsic contributions of mitochondrial DNA to metastatic efficiency: A genetic explanation for disparities in metastasis efficiency?
Danny R. Welch, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Kansas City, Kansas

Novel nuclear and mitochondrial RNAs that are linked to key pathways and depend on sex, population origin, race, tissue and disease
Isidore Rigoutsos


Educational Session 4: Progress in Liver Cancer – From Screening to Survivorship
Session Chair: Lewis R. Roberts, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

Liver cancer screening: How much progress have we really made?
Amit Singal, UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas

Surgical resection in liver and biliary cancers
Chee-Chee H. Stucky, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona

Systemic therapy in HCC: Making progress against a major cancer problem
Richard S. Finn, University of California, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, California

Advocate perspective: The effect of compounding disparities in driving liver cancer incidence and mortality rates
Donna R. Cryer, Global Liver Institute, Washington, D.C. 


Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4
3:30-4:30 p.m.       

Concurrent Session 3: Asian American / Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Cancer Health Disparities
Session Chair: Scarlett Lin Gomez, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Advocate perspective: Speaking truth to power – From cancer patient to survivor to community health activist
Susan Matsuko Shinagawa, San Diego Community Health Equity Partners, Spring Valley, California

Lung cancer incidence and risk factors in never-smoking Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women: The development of a multilevel integrated dataset of EHR health record, cancer registry, and environmental data
Mindy C. DeRouen, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Racial/ethnic differences in obesity-associated risk factors of liver cancer
Unhee Lim, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

A family-focused lay health worker approach to promote smoking cessation, healthy eating, and physical activity among Asian Americans 
Janice Y. Tsoh, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California 

Advocate perspective: Shaping survivorship in Hawaii 
Kehau Matsumoto, Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Coalition, Honolulu, Hawaii


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Concurrent Session 4: Global Cancer Health Disparities

Session Chair: Laura Fejerman, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California

Precision medicine in cancer: Opportunities and challenges in Latin America
Andrea S. Llera, Fundacion Instituto Leloir, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Addressing prostate cancer disparities through precision public health: The CaPTC experience
Folakemi T. Odedina, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Breast cancer and African ancestry
Lisa A. Newman, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York


Break
4:30-5 p.m.


Plenary Session 4: Quality of Cancer Care, Health Care Costs, and Delivery
Session Chair: Michael T. Halpern, Temple University College of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5-6:30 p.m.

Advocate perspective: Disparities in access to and quality of cancer care
Shelley Fuld Nasso, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Silver Spring, Maryland

Coverage and access: State Medicaid policies and disparities in receiving high-quality cancer care
Michael T. Halpern

Advocate perspective: Disparities in access to and quality of cancer care
Shelley Fuld Nasso, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Silver Spring, Maryland

Medical financial hardship in the United States
K. Robin Yabroff, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia 

Disparities in access and outcomes: Actions and consequences
Sandra L. Wong, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Evening Off / Dinner on Own
6:30 p.m.


Monday, Nov. 5

Continental Breakfast with Professional Networking Roundtables
8-9 a.m.


Recent Discoveries and Hot Topics in Cancer Health Disparities 3
Session Chair: Mariana C. Stern, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California
9-10:30 a.m.

Geospatial analytics and sensitivity/specificity assessments to inform liver cancer prevention
Shannon Lynch, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Do Latinas with breast cancer who live in ethnic enclaves have better or worse survival? Analysis of cancer registry data from California and Texas
Salma Shariff-Marco, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Sandi L. Pruitt, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas

Do segregated neighborhoods buffer the stressful effects of low coping among Black breast cancer survivors?
Jesse Plascak, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey

Investigating the determinants of racial disparities in ovarian cancer incidence: The OCWAA consortium
Veronica Setiawan, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

The mediating role of unmet social support needs on the racial/ethnic disparity in psychosocial stress among breast cancer patients
Carola Sánchez Díaz, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Prognostic role of androgen receptor in triple negative breast cancer: A global multi-institutional experience
Shristi Bhattarai, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia  


Break
10:30-10:45 a.m.


Plenary Session 5: Leveraging Big Data and Integrative Data Analysis to Address Cancer Health in Disparities in Small Populations
Session Chair: Lynne Penberthy, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

New opportunities using real-world data from SEER to support health disparities research
Lynne Penberthy

Advancing cancer disparities research through data integration: The multiethnic cohort study 
Iona Cheng, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Genetic testing, treatment and mortality after diagnosis of breast cancer or ovarian cancer: The SEER-GeneLINK Initiative
Allison W. Kurian, Stanford University, Stanford, California


Plenary Session 6: Standardization of Tools and Measures for the Next Generation of Cancer Health Disparities Research
Session Chair: Richard P. Moser, National Cancer Institute - Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 
12:15-1:45 p.m.

Federally-supported tools and resources to support data integration efforts for health disparities research
Richard P. Moser

Tools for assessing social determinants of health
Scarlett Lin Gomez, University of California, San Francisco, California

Title to be announced
Kelly J. Devers, National Opinion Research Organization at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, Maryland


Closing Remarks
1:45 p.m.

Ivis Febus-Sampayo, SHARE Cancer Support, New York, New York

Laura Fejerman, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California

Scarlett Lin Gomez, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Augusto C. Ochoa, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center

Brian M. Rivers, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

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