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“Emerging Topics in Breast Cancer and the Environment Research”
November 9-11, 2005

Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers (BCERC)

Research Updates

Purpose of Meeting

This was the second scientific meeting of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Cancer Institute. Members of four centers, located at Fox Chase Cancer Center, University of Cincinnati, Michigan State University, and the University of California at San Francisco, will provide updates on the ongoing research to investigate the basic biology of breast development during puberty, environmental exposures that influence breast development and the future breast cancer risks, and public health communication of risks associated with these exposures. As the second of a series of scientific meetings on this topic, this conference focused on the integration of laboratory-based biology studies and epidemiology studies in research programs. A unique feature is the active involvement and integration of advocates and community members in the planning process and implementation of the conferences. The conference provided attendees an update on ongoing research on breast cancer and the environment. It will also include a session to translate findings for a non-scientific audience and to promote discussion between the advocate community and scientific community. The conference is of interest to cancer research and environmental scientists, public health professionals, breast cancer and environment advocates, and community members concerned about the health effects of their environment.

Meeting Overview: BCERC Research Sets the Stage for Answering Tough Questions


Session One

“Mammary Gland Development During Puberty in Mouse and Rat Model Systems”
Sandra Z. Haslam, Mark Aupperlee and Anastasia Kariagina
Breast Cancer and the Environment Reserach Center
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824

“Modeling Pre-malignant Changes Using Cultured Human Cells”

Paul Yaswen
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720

“Measurement of Normal Human Breast Development During Puberty”
Louise Greenspan
Kaiser Permanente/UCSF/CYGNET

“Understanding the Cultural Context of Adolescent Girlsā€™ Perception of Puberty”
Lisa C. Mills, Ph.D., Cincinnati Childrenās Hospital Medical Center
Kathleen A. Burklow, Ph.D.
Pamela Maraldo, Ph.D., Girls, Inc.

“Sexual Maturation in US Girls: What Do We Know and What Should We Be Asking?”
Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, Child and Family Health Consulting
UNC School of Public Health, Pittsboro, NC 27312


Session Two

“Dietary Restriction, Meal Anticipation, Fatty Acids and Carcinogenesis”
Deborah J. Clegg, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Genome Research Institute, Cincinnati, OH 45237

“Influence of Obesity on Timing of Puberty”
Frank M. Biro, MD, Cincinnati Childrenās Hospital Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

“Appropriate Messages about Diet Relating to Breast Cancer”

Chuck Atkin and Maria K. Lapinski
Michigan State University, Department of Communication, East Lansing, MI 48824


Session Three

“Impact of Endocrine Disruptors on the Mammary Gland Development”
J. Russo, Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center,
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 19111

“Epidemiology: Biospecimen Collection and Analysis:
What Can Be Learned from the Pilot Study?”

Antonia M. Calafat and Larry L. Needham, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA 30341

“Critical Issues in Biomonitoring”
Janice Barlow, Executive Director
Zero Breast Cancer, San Rafael, CA 94903

“Issues in Genotyping and Biomonitoring”
Jessica Everett, MS
Cincinnati Childrenās Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH


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