CPIC Research Finds Genetic Factor in Obesity

February 2014 

Dear Get in Front Supporter

February is Cancer Prevention Month! Two of our stories below highlight some of our latest work in advancing cancer prevention, through studies aimed to better understand cancer risk. Besides working to reduce your own risk, you can celebrate Cancer Prevention Month by inquiring about our upcoming Get In Front Mother's Day Garden Breakfast, by listening to our staff talk about the impact of CPIC research and data on prevention at CPIC's upcoming breast cancer conference, and by saving the date for CPIC's 40th anniversary celebration on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in San Francisco.

Journal Selects Article of CPIC's Iona Cheng on Obesity Genetics Among Top 10 of 2013

As referenced last month, CPIC Research Scientist Iona Cheng, Ph.D., along with researchers of the Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology consortium, has been recognized for groundbreaking work unraveling how genes influence dietary preferences to cause weight gain and obesity. The research article based on this work has been selected as a 2013 "Article of the Year" by the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE). "We believe the top ten articles for the year represent work that is the best in the field," said AJE Editor-in-Chief Dr. Moyses Szklo. "Our selection process is rigorous and involved a review of all articles accepted for publication last year. We believe the obesity genetics research study meets the highest standard of excellence and advancement in epidemiology." The manuscript is highlighted in the AJE and Dr. Cheng and her coauthors will be honored at the 47th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research to be held in Seattle, June 24-27, 2014.

Find out more about Dr. Cheng's recent honor and related study results

CPIC Supporter to Host Mother's Day Garden Breakfast

Andrea Ralston learned about CPIC through CPIC Board Chair Sam Bronfman, a friend of hers and her husband's. Impressed with the caliber of CPIC's scientists and work, and having faced a cancer diagnosis herself, she decided to become more involved. In addition to serving on the CPIC Development and Communications Committee, she is co-hosting the upcoming Get In Front Mother's Day Garden Breakfast, in support of CPIC's mission to prevent cancer and reduce its burden. The event, which is open to individuals and families, will take place at 11:00 am on the Sunday before Mother's Day, May 4, 2014, in Atherton. It will include a sumptuous breakfast, gift bags, and a silent auction. Speaking of how the event came about, Andrea says, "We wanted to celebrate moms and also make Mother's Day gift giving easy and meaningful." Help CPIC Get In Front of cancer by honoring the women in your life at this pre-Mother's Day breakfast. For more information, please contact Sandi Farrell at sandi.farrell@cpic.org or 510.608.5003.

Contact us for more information about the Get In Front Mother's Day Garden Breakfast

The Pipeline: Is Increased Cancer Risk of Mexican Immigrants Due to Greater Exposure to Harmful Chemicals in the US?

CPIC received two grants in support of our research since the last issue of In Front. One is a new grant in support of CPIC's contribution to UCSF's "Internal Chemical Exposure Study among Mexican Immigrants." The study team is assessing how the migratory experience of Mexican American women influences the levels of potentially harmful substances present in their blood, which may increase their risk of developing breast cancer. CPIC Research Scientist Esther John, Ph.D., and her team will be contributing stored blood samples from the "San Francisco Bay Area Breast Cancer Study," as well as providing epidemiology data for analysis. The study team is aiming to identify new biological markers of breast cancer risk, as well as new modifiable risk factors to shape breast cancer prevention programs among higher generation Latinas.

Learn more about our recently funded work

CPIC Conference on Breast Cancer Impact, Treatment and Care to Include Presentations by CPIC Cancer Research and Data Experts

CPIC's Allison Taylor Holbrooks/Barbara Jo Johnson Breast Cancer Conference annually informs hundreds diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their family, friends, caregivers and health care providers. This year's conference will be on Saturday, March 1st from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm at the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco's Presidio. It will include, in addition to medical updates, new topics such as: how genetics and our surroundings shape our health, presented by CPIC's Scarlett Gomez, Ph.D.; how cancer data is collected, protected, and used to improve cancer prevention and care, presented by CPIC's Kathleen Davidson-Allen; a strong focus on dental and medical care before, during and after treatment; rehabilitation and physical recovery, and finding emotional and spiritual balance. "This conference is recognized for taking on timely topics through the insights of a superb caliber of speakers," said Pam Priest Naeve, director of CPIC Community Education. "It also gives us an opportunity to understand the broader world of our environment and how it impacts cancer risk and prevention."

Find out more about the conference and register

Improving Adolescents' and Young Adults' Experience After a Cancer Diagnosis

Did you know that, compared to children, adolescents and young adults, as a group, experience significantly more cancer diagnoses? CPIC Research Scientist Theresa Keegan, Ph.D., is conducting groundbreaking work as part of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patient Health Outcomes and Patient Experience (AYA HOPE) study to better understand the impact of cancer on this under-studied population. She recently spoke to CPIC Communications on camera about her work.

Watch Dr. Keegan speak about her studies of cancer in adolescents and young adults

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