SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Register today for the inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference on Feb. 26-28, 2020, in historic and culturally dynamic San Antonio, led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, a cancer researcher at UT Health San Antonio.
Latinos are expected to face a 142% expected rise in cancer cases in coming years.
The Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference will unite health researchers, oncologists, professionals, leaders, and students to tackle Latino cancer on many fronts.
“We have seen substantial advancement in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment over the past decades—but addressing Latino cancer health disparities has not nearly kept pace with progress,” said Ramirez, who directs the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR), which will co-host the conference alongside UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center.
Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos will feature the state of Latino cancer and new research, and stimulate multidisciplinary collaborations for cancer solutions, Ramirez said.
- Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean of Boston University School of Public Health
- Dr. Felicia Knaul, Director of the Institute for Advance Study of the Americas, University of Miami
- Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, Director of the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities
- Dr. Doug Lowy, Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute
Other presenters will unveil Latino-focused lab research, clinical best practices, and community interventions on: genetics, biological differences, access to care, screening tests, advanced cancer diagnoses, incidence and mortality rates, survivorship, quality of life, and more.
“This special conference will celebrate research advancements to date, explore new frontiers and gaps in this emerging transdisciplinary field, and kick-start discussion on research from bench to bedside to community to survivorship,” Ramirez said.
The conference planning committee includes trend-setters in Latino cancer research:
- Dr. Edward J. Trapido, Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Wendell H. Gauthier Chair of Cancer Epidemiology, LSU School of Public Health, Deputy Director, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center;
- Dr. Anna M. Napoles, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, Director, UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities
- Dr. Filipa C. Lynce, Assistant Professor, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center
- Dr. Frank J. Penedo, Roswell Park Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director, Cancer Survivorship and the Cancer Survivorship Institute at Northwestern Medicine, Program Leader, Cancer Control and Survivorship Research Program;
- Dr. Laura Fejerman, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco;
- Dr. Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico;
- Dr. Mariana C. Stern, Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine, Norris Cancer Center, University of Southern California
- Dr. Martin Mendoza, Health Program Coordinator, Office of Minority Health, Food & Drug Administration;