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Impact of the Obesity Epidemic on Cancer

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
8:30 am - 11:30 am CDT
via Zoom videoconference

VIRTUAL VICC Annual Scientific Retreat

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center 21st Annual Scientific Retreat will be held virtually on September 30, 2020 with some of the nation's top experts speaking about the "Impact of the Obesity Epidemic on Cancer." This retreat has a long tradition of providing opportunities for collaborative interactions and discussions between investigators, community partners, students and trainees, and although we will not be gathering in-person this year, we are looking forward to seeing everyone online and continuing this tradition.

The retreat will begin at 8:30 am and will include mission moments, a virtual poster session, and presentations from invited experts. The retreat is FREE and open to the public, though registration is required to receive virtual access.

Featured Speakers will include:

Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS

(Vanderbilt University Medical Center)

is the William K. Warren Endowed Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Chief of Academic General Pediatrics at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Nashville Collaborative, an academic-community partnership to develop and test two-generation obesity prevention and treatment solutions working with the Department of Parks and Recreation. Dr. Barkin’s research focus is on clinical interventions to reduce pediatric obesity during critical windows of childhood development in underserved populations.

Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH

(UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center)

is the AICR/WICR Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He is also Professor at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Hursting’s research interests center on precision nutrition as applied to cancer prevention, particularly the molecular and metabolic mechanisms underlying obesity-cancer associations, and the interplay between obesity, metabolism, host genetics and cancer. His lab is establishing that targeting growth factor signaling pathways, inflammation-associated immunosuppression, and the gut microbiome can reverse the procancer effects of obesity.

Bette J. Caan, DrPH

(Kaiser Permanente Division of Research)

is a senior research scientist and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. Dr. Caan is the former Director of the Early Stage Investigator Training Program, and she directs a research program focused on body composition and energy balance risk factors. She has expertise in the assessment of diet and body composition and the conduct of dietary intervention trials, and has recently published several papers on the obesity paradox in cancer, advocating that body mass index (BMI) misclassifies patients with regard to adiposity, and is also in part responsible for the identification of the obesity paradox.

William Murphy, PhD

(UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center)

is a Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Departments of Dermatology and Internal Medicine (Division of Hematology/Oncology) at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Murphy’s laboratory studies various aspects within cancer immunology and immunotherapy, including immune responses to pathogens. Additionally, his research also focuses on methods to make preclinical modeling more reflective of the clinical scenario by incorporating human modifying factors such as obesity, aging, and prior immune exposures. His laboratory uses multiple models (including viral) and species (ranging from mouse, feline, canine, nonhuman primate and clinical sample) to integrate/link immune signatures and responses to pathogens, immunotherapies, or immune challenges.

Virtual Poster Session Guidelines:

In addition to the lectures, a virtual research competition will take place for poster presenters. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners and those posters and awardees will be highlighted during the retreat.

In order to participate, you will need to submit a cancer-related abstract and a digital poster. Posters must include a 3-5 minute voiceover that will be used for judging and should encompass an overview of the study, as well as conclusions and future directions. Additional instructions on where to upload your poster and how to record the voiceover are available through the registration link.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, September 21st at 11:59 pm.


Retreat Registration is NOW open HERE


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