Past meetings

The 6th International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting: 10-Year Anniversary Summit on May 4 to 5, 2023 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC), Buffalo, NY, USA. 

Meeting Co-Chairs
Christine Ambrosone
Peter T Campbell
Montserrat Garcia-Closas
Shuji Ogino
Timothy Rebbeck

Program Committee
Gretchen Gierach, Co-Chair
Song Yao, Co-Chair
Ting-Yuan David Cheng
Tomotaka Ugai
Xuehong Zhang

May 4, 2023, Thursday (EDT)

7:30-8 AM breakfast
8 AM. Introduction by Candace Johnson (President and CEO of RPCCC), Christine Ambrosone, and Shuji Ogino


Special forum for germline & somatic genomics / disparities (Theme: self-reported race and ethnicity and genetic ancestry: where do they meet in cancer disparities?) Chair: Christine Ambrosone – brief intro to the session (5 min)
Keynote 1: Timothy Rebbeck (keynote 1) 30 min - Biological and Social Drivers of Cancer Health Disparities
Salma Shariff-Marco SSDH (T1) - TBD
Song Yao -  Tumor Mutations and Risk Factors

9:35 AM Break (20 min) to 9:55 AM

Brittany Lord – The Impact of Neighborhood Deprivation on DNA Methylation in Breast Cancer
Angela Omilian
Ken Batai – Kidney Cancer Disparities
QA + Discussion: CA chair (30 min)

11:40 AM Group Photo

Lunch & Poster session

2 PM
Session 1: Integration of Genomics and Macro-Microenvironment (Chair, Montse Garcia-Closas)
Matthew Meyerson (keynote 2) 30 min - Genetic Epidemiology and Microbiology of Human Lung and Colon Cancers
Gretchen Gierach - Integrating Macro-Microenivronment Biomarkers of Breast Tissue Composition to Inform Breast Cancer Etiology and Progression

3:05 PM Break to 3:25 PM

Session 2: Influence of Lifestyle, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors on Tumor and Normal Tissues (Chair: Peter Campbell)
Ting-Yuan David Cheng – TBD
Cassandra Hathaway - Immunologic Predictors of Survival among Patients with Ovarian Cancer
Maria Teresa Landi - TBD

4:40 PM (Bus leaves at 5:15 PM) Niagara Falls tour / reception


May 5 (Friday)

Future preview (spatial analyses; bioinformatics; artificial intelligence; short talk)

8:15AM.  Session 1 (Chair, Shuji Ogino)
Jonathan Nowak – “Utility of Tissue-Based Tumor Microenvironment Profiling in Large Patient Cohorts”
Stephanie Schmit - "T cell Profiling in the Latino Colorectal Cancer Consortium"
Mustapha Abubakar - Heterogeneity in Exposure-Tissue Interactions Parallels Breast Cancer Etiologic Heterogeneity

9:35AM Break to 10AM

Session 2 (Chair, Song Yao)
Kun-Hsing Yu – Artificial Intelligence for Integrative Pathology Evaluation
Jonas Almeida – “Mutation Signatures - Unified Presentations of Array Panel and Sequencing Data for AI Analysis
Tomotaka Ugai (short talk) - Integration of Cancer Spectra into Large-Scale Population Studies for Precision Oncology       

11:20AM  Award presentation
Congratulations to winners!  
Elom Aglago (MPE Minority Scholar Award)
Carino Gurjao (MPE Trainee Award)
Tomotaka Ugai (MPE Rising Investigator Award)

11:40 PM Lunch.  Open business meeting 

The Darwin Martin House Tour


The 5th International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting (virtual)

Meeting Proceedings (in Cancer Causes and Control)

Co-Chairs: Christine Ambrosone, Peter T Campbell, Montserrat Garcia-Closas, 
Shuji Ogino, Timothy Rebbeck
Program Committee: Song Yao (Chair), Gretchen Gierach (Leader, "Meet-the-Experts" Networking Session), Jan Heng, N Sertac Kip, Stella Koutros, Molin Wang, Xuehong Zhang
Meeting Co-Organizers: Shuji Ogino, Tomotaka Ugai

(Virtual meeting attendance: peak time with 150 attendees.  There were estimated to be approximately 200 attendees) 

May 24, 2021, Mon (EDT)

10:30 am to 10:37 Welcome & Introduction (Shuji Ogino, Meeting Series Founder)

10:37 am to 12:05 pm (session chair, Timothy Rebbeck)

Peter Campbell – “Obesity and Colorectal Cancer: New Insights from Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology”

Curtis Harris – “Metabolome of Lung Cancer”

Christine Ambrosone – “Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Relationships between Parity, Breastfeeding and Aggressive Breast Cancer: Part II”

Paul Brennan – “Can We Identify Novel Causes of Esophageal Squamous Cell Cancer by Studying Mutational Signatures?”

12:40 pm to 1:55 pm (session chair, Stella Koutros)

Timothy Rebbeck – “Is There a Biological Basis for Cancer Disparities?”

Maria Teresa Landi – “Genomic and Evolutionary Classification of Lung Cancer in Never Smokers”

Todd Golub (Keynote Lecturer) – “Perspectives on Cancer Precision Medicine”

2:20 pm to 3:25 pm (session chair, Xuehong Zhang)

Molin Wang – “New Development in Methods for Dealing with Missing Subtype Data”

Nikolaus Schultz – “Interpreting Genomic Alterations and Therapeutic Implications Using OncoKB and the cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics”

John Quackenbush – “Why Bother with Networks”

From 3:25 pm

Breakout Room Networking Session; 7 free-talking rooms + 3 "Meet-the-Experts" rooms (organized / led by Gretchen Gierach and Montse Garcia-Closas)

1 Jonas Almeida (AI / digital pathology), John Quackenbush (computational biology), Molin Wang (statistical methods)

2 Maria Teresa Landi (somatic genomics in epidemiological studies), Shuji Ogino (immunology + microbiology + MPE)

3 Timothy Rebbeck (genetic epidemiology / health disparities), Song Yao (health disparities in cancer epidemiology)


May 25 Tues

10:30 am to 12:05 pm (session chair, Song Yao)

Faisal Mahmood – “Data-Efficient and Multimodal Computational Pathology”

Jonas Almeida – “Integrating Data, from Digital to Molecular Pathology – Let the Code Do the Travelling”

Guillermo Tearney – “Dynamic Micro-Optical Coherence Tomography for Cellular Tissue Phenotyping”

Stephen Chanock – “Radiation-Related Genomic Profile of Papillary Thyroid Cancer after the Chernobyl Accident”

12:45 pm to 2:10 (session chair, Christine Ambrosone)

Scott Rodig – “Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma as a Model System to Study Immune Evasion in Cancer”

Karl Kelsey – “Defining the Methylation Profile of Lymphocyte Memory Yields an Enhanced Library for Deconvolution of Peripheral Blood”

Mustapha Abubakar – “Computational Pathology of Stromal Morphology in Relation to Breast Cancer Risk”

Shelley Tworoger – “Integration of Epidemiological Factors and Immunological Markers: Ovarian Cancer as a Use Case”

2:20 pm to 3:45 (session chair, Peter T. Campbell)

Samir Hanash – “How Liquid Biopsy Can Inform Tumor Development and Progression for Pancreatic Cancer”

Viktor Adalsteinsson – “Tracing Tumor Signatures from Plasma Cell-Free DNA”

Stefanie Nelson – “NCI Updates”

Shuji Ogino – "Integration of Immunology into Molecular Pathological Epidemiology"

Business meeting (open meeting) (Breakout Room 1) + Free Networking (all Breakout Rooms) 

3:50 pm to 5:00 pm


The Fourth International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting

Proceedings of the Fourth International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting (Cancer Causes and Control 2019)

Program from the Fourth International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting

Co-Chairs: Christine Ambrosone, Peter T. Campbell, Shuji Ogino, Timothy Rebbeck

The 4th MPE Meeting took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on May 31-June 1, 2018. Approximately 150 attendees represented 22 countries.

MPE Training Award

Tsuyoshi Hamada
Daniel Nevo

MPE Rising Investigator Award

Jennifer Borowsky
Chunxia Du

The Third International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting

Proceedings of the Third International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting (Cancer Causes and Control 2017)

Program from the Third International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting

Co-Chairpersons: Peter T. Campbell, Shuji Ogino

The 3rd MPE Meeting took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on May 12-13, 2016. Approximately 140 attendees represented 16 countries and 21 U.S. states.  

MPE Training Award

Jonathan Nowak
Mingyang Song
Daniel Xia

MPE Rising Investigator Award

Helen Coleman
Marios Giannakis
Yu Jing Jan Heng

MPE Best Score Abstract Award

Yin Cao

MPE Minority Scholar Award

No awardee was chosen. We hope to see more posters of minority scholars at the 4th International MPE Meeting.


The Second International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting

Proceedings of the Second International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting (Cancer Causes and Control 2015)

Program from the Second International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting

Chairperson: Shuji Ogino

The 2rd MPE Meeting took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on December 4-5, 2014 at the Jimmy Fund Auditorium of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Approximately 130 attendees came from around the world. 

Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Training Award

Mingyang Song
Atsuhiro Masuda

Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Rising Investigator Award

Aditi Harza
Xuehong Zhang


The First Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting

Chairperson: Shuji Ogino

The first MPE meeting took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on April 24, 2013 at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The meeting’s goal was to develop basic consensus on conceptual framework in the field and potential strategies for the promotion and advancement of the field.