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2022 AICR Research Conference

31 OCTOBER – 02 NOVEMBER 2022
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, Virginia & Online

AICR Conference 2022

About the Conference

The 2022 AICR Research Conference will be held as a hybrid event on October 31-November 2, 2022, with both a fully virtual option and an in-person program held at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, VA.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT

Please note, all in-person attendees must be fully vaccinated according to CDC recommendations, as of October 2022.  Further details on COVID safety procedures will be available closer to the conference date.

We are hosting our annual conference in a hybrid format, featuring both virtual and in-person components. In-person attendance will be very limited to facilitate adequate physical distancing of attendees- register today to reserve your spot!

This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for a total of 17.5 CPEU hours (14.5 CPEU lecture hours and 3 poster hours)

Poster abstract submission is now closed.

This three-day event will feature dynamic topics including:

  • Trusted sources – Combating misinformation through effective evidence-based communication
  • Enhancing cancer therapy through converging innovations in lifestyle and oncology research
  • The role of lifestyle in the context of elevated genetic risk
  • The research evidence to policy impact continuum – Developing and implementing cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship guidelines

…and much more!

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A Look Back

2021 Conference Highlights

The rising tide of COVID-19 infections necessitated the cancellation of the in-person component of the 2021 AICR Research Conference but the meeting was seamlessly transitioned to a fully virtual experience. The same incredible speakers and program were delivered and with the added advantage that the content was recorded and can be revisited!

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Monday, October 31

3:00 pm – 3:10 pmConference Opening and Welcome
Lansdowne AB
Deirdre McGinley-Gieser, Executive Director, American Institute for
Cancer Research
3:10 pm – 3:15 pmCo-Chairs’ Welcome

Neil Iyengar, MD and Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH

3:15 pm – 5:30 pmOpening Plenary Session

Trusted Sources: Combatting Misinformation through Effective Evident-Based Communication

3:15 pm – 4:00 pmKeynote Address: Stemming a Rising Tide of Cancer Misinformation

David Robert Grimes, PhD

4:00 pm – 4:30 pmCombatting Cancer Misinformation in a Complex Communication Ecosystem

Sylvia Chou, PhD, MPH

4:30 pm – 5:00 pmOne-to-One and One-to-Many: An Oncologist’s Role in Confronting Cancer Misinformation
Dr. Robert Miller, MD, FACP, FASCO, FAMIA
5:00 pm – 5:30 pmPanel Discussion
Joined by Elizabeth Platz, ScD, MPH (Virtual)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pmPoster Session and Reception

Ballroom Foyer

Tuesday, November 1

7:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast

Riverside Hearth

7:30 am – 8:45 amBreakfast Session 1
Beyond the Clinic—Cancer Control in the Community
Lansdowne AB
Chair: Karen Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH
7:30 am – 7:55 amActive Living After Cancer, A Physical Activity Program for Cancer Survivors
Partnering with Community OrganizationsKaren Basen-Engquist, PhD, MPH
7:55 am – 8:10 amFeasibility of Home-Based, Virtually Delivered, Group Exercise for Older Patients with Primary Liver Cancer (TELEX-Liver Cancer): Interim Analysis

Samuel Orange, PhD

8:10 am – 8:30 amDesigning a Multicomponent Physical Activity Intervention to Meet the Unique Needs of Rural Cancer Survivors Undergoing Radiation Therapy
Scherezade Mama, DrPH
8:30 am – 8:45 amDiscussion
8:45 am – 9:00 amBreak: Riverside Hearth
9:00 am – 12:00 pmPlenary Session 2
Enhancing Cancer Therapy through Converging Innovations in Lifestyle and Oncology Research
Lansdowne AB
Co-Chairs: Neil Iyengar, MD and Richard Simpson, PhD, FACSM
9:00 am – 9:40 amAdaptive Randomization of Aerobic Exercise During Chemotherapy for Colon
CancerJustin Brown, PhD
9:40 am – 10:15 amHeart Disease and Cancer: A Two-Way Relationship
Graeme Koelwyn, PhD, MS
10:15 am – 10:30 amBreak: Ballroom Foyer
10:30 am – 11:05 amDietary Intervention to Improve Cancer Therapy

Lewis Cantley, MD, PhD

11:05 am – 11:40 amTargeting the Microbiota-Immune Axis through Diet to Improve Cancer Immunotherapy

Jessica Fessler, PhD

11:40 am – 12:00 pmPanel Discussion
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch

Riverside Hearth

12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch Presentation (optional)
Replay of CUP Global Launch Webinar
Lansdowne AB
1:00 pm – 2:20 pmSpotlight Session 1
Current Advances in Laboratory-Based Lifestyle-Related Cancer Research
Lansdowne CD
Chair: Gerardo Mackenzie, PhD
1:00 pm – 1:30 pmLiver Safety Profile of a Ketogenic Diet in Combination with Gemcitabine in
Pancreatic Tumor-Bearing MiceGerardo Mackenzie, PhD
1:30 pm – 1:50 pmFried Cured Bacon and Histaminergic Signaling: Novel Insights into the Impact of Diet on the Dormant Breast Cancer Microenvironment

Adam Nelczyk, MS

1:50 pm – 2:10 pmEndocrine-Targeting Therapy Shifts the Breast Microbiome to Reduce Estrogen-Receptor-Α Breast Cancer Risk

Alana Arnone, MS

2:10 pm – 2:20 pmDiscussion
1:00 pm – 2:20 pmSpotlight Session 2

Current Advances in Lifestyle-Related Clinical and Epidemiological Cancer Research

Lansdowne AB

Chair: Cornelia Ulrich, PhD

1:00 pm – 1:30 pmPrecision Exercise Intervention in Primary and Secondary Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Surgery: Results from a Phase III PEP Study Trial

Cornelia Ulrich, PhD

1:30 pm – 1:50 pmBiomarkers of Cellular Senescence and Inflammation Associated with Exercise Capacity Among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Chelsea Goodenough, PhD

1:50 pm – 2:10 pmRacial Disparity in Diet Related Perceptions and Behaviors Among Cancer Survivors

Hemangi Mavadiya, RD

2:10 pm – 2:20 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm – 5:30 pmPlenary Session 3
The Role of Lifestyle in Elevated Genetic Risk
Lansdowne ABCo-Chairs: Kristy Brown, PhD and Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, PhD, MPH
2:30 pm – 3:10 pmCan the Inherited Susceptibility of Prostate Cancer Be Modified? (Virtual)
Lorelei Mucci, ScD
3:10 pm – 3:45 pmObesity in BRCA Mutation Carriers—Penetrating Insights from Mechanistic Studies

Kristy A. Brown, PhD

3:45 pm – 4:00 pmBreak: Ballroom Foyer
4:00 pm – 4:35 pmExercise for Cancer Prevention in Lynch Syndrome Patients (Virtual)
Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, MD, PhD
4:35 pm – 5:10 pmCoffee Intake, Caffeine Metabolism Genotype, and Survival Among Men with Prostate Cancer

Justin Gregg, MD

5:10 pm – 5:30 pmPanel Discussion
5:30 pm – 6:00 pmBreak
6:00 pm – 7:30 pmPoster Session and Reception

Ballroom Foyer

Wednesday, November 2

7:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast
Riverside Hearth
7:30 am – 8:45 amBreakfast Session 2
The Role for Patient Advocates in Every Phase of Lifestyle-Related Cancer Research
Lansdowne AB
Chair: Gabe Canales
7:50 am –8:10 amThe Evolving Role for Patient Advocates in Every Phase of Lifestyle-Related Cancer Research
Dawn Mussallem, DO
7:30 am – 7:50 amPatient Advocates—Agents for Change in Cancer Care and Research

Gabe Canales

7:50 am –8:10 amThe Evolving Role for Patient Advocates in Every Phase of Lifestyle-Related Cancer Research

Dawn Mussallem, DO

8:10 am – 8:30 amImplementation of Patient Involvement in Clinical Cancer Research: A Philanthropic Funders Approach

Wendy K.D. Selig, MS

8:30 am – 8:45 amDiscussion
7:30 am – 8:45 amBreakfast Session 3
Beyond the Western and Mediterranean Diets—Current Research Evidence and
Priorities in Dietary Pattern Research
Lansdowne CD
Chair: Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND
7:30 am – 7:45 amDietary Pattern Research and Recommendations—Evidence, Gap, and Communication

Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

7:45 am – 8:10 amInsulin-lowering Diets: Keto and Low-Carbohydrate Dietary Patterns (Virtual)

Sherry Shen, MD

8:10 am – 8:30 amPlant-Based Dietary Patterns in Cancer Incidence and Mortality—Impact and Challenges

Esther Farley, RN

8:30 am – 8:45 amDiscussion
8:45 am – 9:00 amBreak: Riverside Hearth
9:00 am – 9:15 amAICR Awards
Lansdowne AB
Deirdre McGinley-Gieser, Executive Director, American Institute for Cancer
Research
9:15 am – 11:45 amClosing Plenary Session
Developing and Implementing Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Survivorship    Guidelines
Lansdowne AB
Co-Chairs: Justin Brown, PhD and Gabe Canales
9:15 am – 9:50 amThe Role of Professional Societies in Reducing Cancer Risk

Cliff Hudis, MD

9:50 am – 10:25 amOptimizing Cancer Survivorship Care Delivery: How Can We Do Better?

Maryam Lustberg, MD, MPH

10:25 am – 11:10 amHarnessing Technology in Patient Centered Cancer Care
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH
11:10 am – 11:45 amPanel Discussion
11:45 am – 12:00Closing Remarks/Conference Closes
Highlights

AICR 2021 Conference

The rising tide of COVID-19 infections necessitated the cancellation of the in-person component of the 2021 AICR Research Conference but the meeting was seamlessly transitioned to a fully virtual experience. The same incredible speakers and program were delivered and with the added advantage that the content was recorded and can be revisited!

Plenary sessions:

  • Strength of Evidence—How do we assess it and when is it strong enough?
  • Lifestyle Impact on Immunotherapy‚—Emerging roles of obesity, physical activity and diet on immunotherapy
  • Cancers on the Rise—The impact of diet, nutrition and physical activity on the incidence of young onset colorectal cancer, liver cancer and childhood cancers
  • What Can We Tell Our Patients?—Current knowledge, limitations and opportunities for reducing risk and improving outcomes through diet, nutrition and physical activity in cancer risk and survival
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2022 AICR Research Conference

2022 AICR Research Conference: 31 October – 02 November 2022

Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Leesburg, Virginia

Sponsor the Event

The American Institute for Cancer Research supports the future of medicine with the help of passionate supporters, generous donors, and a remarkable community of civic minded business leaders. Join our work by serving as an event sponsor, and help us forge ahead in the fight for cancer prevention.

Please contact [email protected] if interested in learning more.

THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS OF THE AICR 2021 RESEARCH CONFERENCE
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A Look Back

2019 Conference Highlights

The 2019 research conference took place from May 15–17 at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. The meeting consisted of ten scientific sessions, three pre-conference workshops and two poster receptions, all exploring the link between diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

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