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Meet the New ASPO Team

In all the craziness of the COVID pandemic, ASPO Week, and adjusting to working from home, you may have missed President Karen Basen-Engquist’s announcement about the change in leadership at ASPO.

HollandParlette was selected as the new management company for ASPO at the beginning of 2020 and came on board just before the Annual Conference in March. Our whole team is so excited to be a part of ASPO and to support all of your important work!

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Meet Your ASPO Team:

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ASPO Commitment to Anti-Racism

Dear ASPO Colleagues,

The continued senseless killings of people of color, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have been emotionally overwhelming and traumatic. These events bring to the forefront the significant and inexcusable racism that is an epidemic in our country. We stand with our ASPO members from the Black community, and all Black communities, against racial injustice and support protests and other efforts against racial injustice and systemic racism.

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Karen Basen-Engquist

Strange Days Indeed: a note from ASPO President Karen Basen-Engquist

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed…

–John Lennon

 

Most of us are now living and working in ways that we could not have imagined a few weeks ago. As I write this my wish for you is that you and your family stay healthy, both physically and mentally. These are stressful times, and we all need to take care of ourselves and each other.

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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

To view the webinar visit, https://cwru.zoom.us/rec/share/35NHEauhrn5OG5XQxAbNWeknJaPsX6a80HUZ-vUEmEq2NMsOBC4TVt1G2KBjDye8

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!

Karen Basen-Engquist

Happy Summer, ASPO!

Happy Summer, ASPO!

I wanted to start out by telling you how excited I am to be your president for the next two years. ASPO has always been an organization that has meant a lot to me, because of the science it has exposed me to and the networks it has helped me develop. I know I hear similar things from many of you, and our past president Peter Kanetsky outlined this nicely in his recent presidential address. I am honored to be helping to support that legacy and look forward to continuing to help ASPO sustain its mission of fostering “the development of investigators and other professionals involved in cancer prevention and control, and the exchange and translation of scientific information to reduce cancer burden.” My priorities for the next year are to develop a plan for ongoing management of ASPO, increase the activity and visibility of our communication channels (i.e., Twitter, ASPO pages in CEBP, website, and Facebook page), and to develop a plan to increase membership. I welcome your input on ASPO’s direction and activities over the next two years. I will be periodically posting blogs on the website to keep you updated on ASPO activities. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (k_basenengquist), comment on the blog post, or send me an email at [email protected].

I’m still coming off the high of the recent ASPO meeting. Many thanks to Jasmin Tiro and Hazel Nichols for their leadership of the program committee, and to all the program committee members for their hard work in putting a great program together. The program evaluation indicated that 94% thought the meeting was excellent or above average. We are now in the midst of planning for the 2020 meeting in Tucson, with the program committee ably led by Drs. Kate Weaver and Tim Rebbeck.  They just held the first program committee about a week ago, and discussed some great ideas for symposium topics. If you have ideas for the meeting that you’d like to share with the program committee, do so as soon as possible – they have to get much of the program planned before the middle of July so that we can put in the NCI conference grant. The program committee members are Tomi Akinyemiju, Amit Algotar, Hoda Badr, Michele Cote, Tracy Crane, Carolyn Fang, Erin Kent, Lorna McNeill, Sandi Pruitt, Benjamin Rybicki, Stephanie Schmit, Alexandra White and Amy Trentham-Dietz.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to working with you over the next two years!

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:  https://aspo.org/annual-meeting/

(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: https://aspo.org/annual-meeting/