CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Identifying Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Pre-Adolescence and Adolescence

15 Mar 2011 9:07 AM | Lori Aubrey (Administrator)


Identifying Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During

Pre-Adolescence and Adolescence

Workshop on Putting Scientific Evidence into Public Health Practice

Atlanta, Georgia • August 9-10, 2011 (tentative)

Substantial scientific advances made in recent decades have improved our understanding of cancer causes and risk factors. However, it is often stated that it takes an average of 17 years for new scientific discoveries to be translated into practice.  In that span of time, children become adults whose futures have been influenced by their experiences during pre-adolescence and adolescence.  What are the unrealized opportunities to prevent cancer in future decades by applying current knowledge more innovatively to change the risk profile of today’s youth?    

The goals of this workshop are to

  • Explore the “state of the evidence” and identify causes, risk factors, and social determinants specific to pre-adolescents and adolescents that affect subsequent cancer risk in adulthood
  • Identify policy and environmental change opportunities and formulate action plans to intervene on cancer causes and risk factors among youth ages 8-18
  • Inform the prioritization and planning of research and evidence-based interventions to reduce lifetime cancer risk among this age group 

CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control invites the submission of previously unpublished, original abstracts that address one or more of the workshop goals.  Those whose abstracts are selected will be invited to participate in a two-day workshop meeting in August and present their work and perspectives. The travel and accommodation expenses of the selected participants will be covered. Workshop participants will also have an opportunity for publication, as our ultimate aim is to publish a selection of the meeting papers as an edited volume.

Themes of interest include but are not limited to

  • Key exposures among youth and opportunities for policy and environmental change
  • Puberty as a critical period of unique vulnerability to exposures affecting later cancer development  
  • Lessons learned from past prevention initiatives targeting youth
  • Overcoming the challenges of sustainability in community-level interventions
  • Emerging evidence on risks and tipping points for action
  • Future directions for cancer prevention efforts targeting youth

Papers on cancers that occur primarily in childhood, cancer treatment outcomes, cancer survivorship, and methods for conducting research with youth are outside of the scope of this workshop.

Please send paper abstracts (roughly 250 words) and a brief biosketch to Dawn Holman ( no later than April 8, 2011.


Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society
P.O. Box 643
Sandown, NH 03873-0643
Telephone (603) 887-1948

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