Expert Panel Workshop on Early-Life Events and Cancer

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, Executive Plaza North (EPN), Room CDEF - Rockville, Maryland


NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) and Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) sponsored an Expert Panel Workshop on Early-Life Events and Cancer on May 25, 2011. There is emerging epidemiological and animal evidence that early-life events and exposures are important determinants of cancer development later in life. However, understanding how to study the impact of early-life exposures on human cancers later in life is a new challenge for cancer research.

The goal of the Expert Panel Workshop was to stimulate and facilitate epidemiological and molecular research in the area of early-life influences and cancer in humans. This Workshop was a follow-up to a previous meeting on Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer held in 2003. While breast cancer was again highlighted because most early-life research has focused on it, the scope of this Workshop was widened to other cancers. The Expert Panel Workshop covered the state-of-the-science for human studies and experimental models and identified the methodological challenges in this area of research. Recommendations were made regarding: 1) scientific opportunities, 2) research gaps, and 3) resource needs. The Workshop Report was published in 2012 (link to report provided in "Additional Information" section below).

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The following Experts spoke at the Workshop:

  • Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Dr. Steinar Tretli, The Cancer Registry of Norway
  • Dr. Daniel Medina, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dr. Lucy Anderson, NCI (Retired)
  • Dr. Robert Hiatt, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dr. Zdenko Herceg, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • Dr. Kjersti Aagaard-Tillery, Baylor College of Medicine

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Steering Committee

  • Dr. Somdat Mahabir, Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), NCI
  • Dr. Robert Hoover, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), NCI
  • Dr. Martha Linet, Radiation Epidemiology Branch, DCEG, NCI
  • Dr. Nancy Potischman, Applied Research Program (ARP), DCCPS, NCI
  • Dr. Rebecca Troisi, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, DCEG, NCI

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Additional Information

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For further information or questions about the Workshop, please contact Dr. Somdat Mahabir.

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