Author: Eileen McGuine

Microbiome Research in Cancer Prevention Webinar

ASPO Lifestyle Behaviors, Energy Balance, and Chemoprevention SIG Webinar

Microbiome research in cancer prevention

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020,  3-4 p.m. EST

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Research into the microbiome has the potential to expand our understanding of the link between diet, lifestyle and chronic disease. In this webinar, the group explored sample collection, data analysis, and the rationale for studying the microbiome and cancer risk and discussed recent findings in this area.

Relationship of diet and lifestyle factors to the human microbiome
Johanna Lampe, PhD, RD, Associate Director, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch, Research Professor, Epidemiology, University of Washington

Collection and analysis of microbiome samples
Emily Vogtmann, PhD, MPH, Earl Stadtman Investigator, Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epi & Genetics, National Cancer Institute

The microbiome and cancer risk: recent findings
Jiyoung Ahn, PhD, Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine, Associate Director of Population Science, NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center

Happy New Year!

I hope the holidays provided you with a break from your work and time to spend with friends and family. Our work is vital, but everyone needs a break from the action from time to time!

The fall and winter have been busy for ASPO. Kate Weaver and Tim Rebbeck, along with the rest of the program committee and abstract reviewers, have been diligently scoring abstracts. We received 267 abstracts this year, the second highest number in ASPO history. The program that the committee has planned is packed with great programming – check out the latest version. I look forward to seeing you in Tucson!

One new feature in the program is a Community & Science program for the Community Outreach and Engagement staff from the cancer centers. Applications for this program are due on Jan 31, and the application is on the ASPO annual meeting page. Participants in the Community & Science program will have dedicated programming on Sunday afternoon and at a Monday breakfast session, and they will be participating in the rest of the meeting as well – including a special lunch session on Tuesday that will provide early stage investigators an opportunity to get feedback on their research from Community & Science participants. We also will be asking for investigators to serve as partners for the Community & Science participants, to facilitate bi-directional learning between community-engaged staff and cancer prevention researchers. Watch your email and the website for an invitation to apply for this opportunity.

We have also been busy recruiting a new management company for ASPO. Our RFP was made public in November, and we had quite a robust response – 24 applications. I am confident that we will be able to find a great company to help ASPO move forward. I expect we will have a company selected and starting the transition process by the time of the annual meeting. I want to thank our executive committee (Elena Martinez, Peter Kanetsky, Sandi Pruitt, Li Li, and Shine Chang) and members of the ad hoc selection committee (Carolyn Fang, Les Robison, Amy Trentham-Dietz, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, and Hedi Sahel) for the wisdom and time they have provided to this critical project.

Finally, I want to add my voice of thanks to Heidi Sahel for her years of service and dedication to ASPO. She has ably served our organization, not just with efficiency, organization, and expertise, but with warmth and friendship that has been so important to the culture of ASPO and the sense of belonging expressed by members. Heidi, we will miss you greatly, but are happy for you as you start this next chapter. We wish you fun and relaxation, and more winters spent under warm sunny skies!

2019 Abstract submission closed

44th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO)

March 22-24, 2020, 2019 at the Marriott Tucson University Park, Tucson, Arizona 


Call for Abstracts & Registration now open! Submit an Abstract AND Register at:

(preliminary program  and more info available at this link.  Your 2020 dues must be paid in order to register at the member rate.)  Please share the Call for Abstracts with the attached flyer!

Abstract deadline: November 11, 2019


The program committee, chaired by Tim Rebbeck and Kate Weaver, has developed an extraordinary program:

Symposium 1:  Community Science Initiatives

Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, Washington University School of Medicine, Reducing  cancer disparities among rural and medically underserved populations

Jennifer Bea, PhD, University of Arizona Cancer Center, Restoring balance in Indian Country

Bruce Rapkin, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Aligning health system and community efforts to promote cancer prevention and control.

Linda Ko, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Community-academic partnerships:  best practices, gaps and opportunities.

Karen M. Winkfield, MD, PhD, Wake Forest Baptist Health, #BlackHealthMatters:  Improving cancer care in Winston-Salem, NC.


Symposium 2:  Precision Prevention vs. Population Prevention (Debate),

Speakers:            Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Boston University

Muin Khoury, MD, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Symposium 3:  Social and Molecular Influences on Health Disparities

Scarlett Gomez, PhD, MPH, UC – San Francisco, Building infrastructures to study contextual and molecular influences of health disparities:  Application of multilevel social frameworks.

Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, Harvard School of Medicine, Integration of molecular and social factors in understanding cancer disparities.

Camille Ragin, PhD, MPH, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cancer in the African diaspora: examining social and molecular levels of influence.

Jesse Plascak, PhD, MPH, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Large-scale assessment of social environmental factors for linkage to epigenetic profiles among a cohort of breast cancer survivors.


Symposium 4:  Mind the Gap:  Implementation of Evidence-based Approaches in Cancer Control

Lucy Spalluto, MD, Vanderbilt University, Current lung cancer screening strategies in the Veterans Health Administration

April Oh, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute, DCCPS, Speeding uptake of evidence- based interventions into practice:  Lessons learned from the NCI’s SPRINT Program.

Hoda Badr, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Down the rabbit hole:  Experiences of an  NCI SPRINT program participant

Melissa Simon, MD, Northwestern University,  Title:  TBD


  • Four proferred paper sessions selected from submitted abstracts
  • Monday night poster session & reception
  • Special events for junior and senior members
  • Sunday evening social event (more info to follow)


Unique Features: At each ASPO meeting, we feature sessions designed for the varying needs of our members such as:

  • Junior & Senior Member Events
  • Associate Director/Program Leader Workshop (March 21-22:  separate registration in addition to ASPO full conference)
  • ASPO Business Meeting
  • ASPO Distinguished Achievement Awardee
  • Joseph Cullen Awardee for work in Tobacco Control
  • American Cancer Society Travel Awards for underrepresented groups
  • Electra Paskett Annual Scholarship Award for pre- or post-doc highest ranking abstract
  • ASPO-sponsored travel awards
  • Advertisements: Purchase an ad in the program advertising your Cancer Center or career openings
  • Exhibitors: Space for exhibitors in the registration area


Please consider being a part of this meeting. For more information about the meeting please go to: