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Scientific Symposium “Frontiers in Epidemiology”

Welcome Note

Dear Friends,

Centre for Cancer Epidemiology (CCE) is the new centre established by Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, one of the premier tertiary cancer treatment and research centres in South Asia. The CCE is built on around 60,000 sq feet area with facilities for data storage, high speed servers, high throughput technologies and cold storage of biological samples including automated biobanks for storage of 3 million biological samples. The CCE has the following major goals:

* Build a program to identify cancer burden, cancer causation and cancer prevention strategies
* Build a platform to conduct large scale cutting-edge epidemiological studies with precise exposure assessment
* Partner with universities and other organizations within India and internationally to foster leading edge collaborative science

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to “Scientific Symposium: Frontiers in Epidemiology” to commemorate the inaugural function for CCE. This progress towards building a dedicated centre for Cancer Epidemiology, a first in India and one of the few globally, is important given the increasing burden of cancer in India and South East Asian countries, with populations that have heterogeneous lifestyles and diverse genetic ancestries.

This scientific symposium will feature a galaxy of scientists speaking upon various topics ranging from cancer burden, risk factors, population genetics, biomarker assessment, and their role in prevention. Sir Richard Peto, leading epidemiologist and statistician will deliver the prestigious conference oration. Dr. Christopher Wild, Director IARC; Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director, ICMR, and more than 25 others key world scientific leaders will deliberate their views on the current status and future directions in cancer research over two days of the symposium on carefully chosen themes in the form of lectures and debate. We are sure that the symposium will be an academic feast and would appeal to all scientists, clinicians and health care professional involved in the research and treatment of cancer.

We encourage participants to register and present their work in the form of posters. The US-NCI is partnering with us to organize this symposium. We look forward to seeing you in large numbers.

Kind regards ,
Yours sincerely,

Dr. R. Badwe
Director TMC

Dr. Rajesh Dikshit
Prof. & Incharge CCE

Key Speakers

1. Sir Richard Peto

University of Oxford, UK

The Conference Oration

2. Christopher Wild

Director IARC, France

Measuring the exposome : Fresh impetus to understanding the environmental determinants of cancer

3. Soumya Swaminathan

Director General ICMR, India

Research pirorities for cancer and other NCDs in India

4. Rajendra Badwe

Director, TMC, India

The Burden of Cancer in India

5. Freddie Bray

Head Cancer Surveillance Section IARC, France

Global Cancer Burden

6. Paolo Boffetta

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

Risk Factors for Cancer and NCDs

7. Valerie Beral

University of Oxford,UK

Million Woman Cohort Study

8. Amy Berrington

Radiation Epidemiology Branch, NCI, USA

New NCI Cohort, Overview of Radiation and Cancer

9. Nilanjan Chatterjee

Johns Hopkins University, USA

Common genetic variants and risk of cancer

10. Zhengming Chen

University of Oxford, UK

Kadoorie Biobank

11. Anil Chaturvedi


Early detection and screening of Oral Cancer

12. Rajesh Dikshit

Centre for Cancer Epidemiology TMC, INDIA

Present Status and future vision for CCE

13. Laura Beane Freeman


Environmental Risk Factors for Cancer

14. Prakash Gupta

Director of Healis - Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, India

Tobacco/Alcohol and risk of NCDs

15. Matti Hakama

Finnish Cancer Registry, Finland

Cervical Cancer Screening


16. David Hunter

Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA

Population-based genetics studies of cancer-what have we learned so far ?

17. Prabhat Jha

Director CGHR, Canada

Global and Indian burden of NCD

18. Qing Lan


Exposure Measurement-Indoor and Outdoor Pollution

19. Sarah Lewington

University of Oxford, UK

Building up resources for Epidemiological Research

20. Ravi Mehrotra

Director, NICPR, Noida, INDIA

Primary and secondary prevention in India

21. Nathaniel Rothman

Head of Molecular Studies, NCI, USA

Indoor air pollution and risk of Cancer

22. Preetha Rajaraman


Building up International Collaboration

23. Caroline Relton

University of Bristol, UK

Whole epigenome and its role in understanding disease mechanisms

24. George Smith

University of Bristol, UK

Mendelian Randamization

25. Simon Sheard

University of Oxford, UK

UK Bio-bank

26. R. Sankaranarayan

IARC, France

Cancer Screening in low middle income countries

27. Roel Vermeulen

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Exposure Assessment

28. Elisabete Weiderpass Vainio

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Risk factors for Cancer and NCDs

29. Zhaoming Wang

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA

Population genetics - Beyond GWAS - functional studies

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