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UCSF to Host Symposium on Cancer Prevention

By UCSF Today | October 30, 2009

Experts from UCSF and around North America will discuss the latest developments in cancer prevention at the 2009 UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The symposium, titled "The Prevention of Cancer," is open to the campus community and will convene in Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

The all-day event will consist of seven sessions that will cover topics from biomarker development, imaging, and recent chemoprevention and screening trials, to tobacco control, diet and physical exercise, as well as cancer prevention disparities and the translation of prevention science into applications and policy.

The symposium will begin at 8 a.m. with an introduction by Frank McCormick, PhD, director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cancer Research Institute, and Robert Hiatt, MD, PhD, co-chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, deputy director of Population Sciences at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Presenters include:



  • Leslie Bernstein, PhD, professor and director, Division of Cancer Etiology, Department of Population Science Dean for Faculty Affairs, Beckman Research Institute and City of Hope National Medical Center;


  • Claire Brindis, DrPH, director, Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies, Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, UCSF;


  • June Chan, ScD, associate professor, Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Urology, UCSF;


  • Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, professor of medicine, and associate director prevention and control, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, deputy director, Institute for Public Health, Washington University


  • Matthew Cooperberg, MD, MPH, assistant professor, Department of Urology, UCSF;


  • Steve Cummings, MD, FACP, professor emeritus, General Intern Medicine, UCSF;


  • Peter Gann, MD, ScD, professor and director, Division of Pathology Research, University of Illinois at Chicago;


  • Pamela Goodwin, MD, MSc, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, University of Toronto;


  • Ellen Gritz, PhD, chair, Department of Behavioral Science and Olla S. Stribling Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center;


  • Frank Meyskens, MD, FACP, Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Endowed Chair, professor of medicine and biological chemistry, director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, associate vice chancellor of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, UC Irvine;


  • Anthony Miller, MD, associate director, Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto;


  • Rena Pasick, DrPH, associate director, Community Education & Outreach, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center;


  • Frank Penedo, PhD, associate professor, University of Miami Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences & Division of Biobehavioral Oncology, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami; and


  • Martyn Smith, PhD, professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley.




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