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:

(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: