The 6th International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting: 10-Year Anniversary Summit

May 4-5, 2023

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Buffalo, NY

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Advancing integrative molecular and population-level biomedical health science, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, addressing research challenges, optimizing medicine and public health and education systems.

Meeting details

The International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting Series is a unique meeting series open to the international research community with free registration.  Founded by Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD, in 2013, the International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting Series will be hosting its 10-year Anniversary Summit at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. This unique meeting provides an unprecedented opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and integration of multiple diverse fields.

The purpose of the meeting series is to:

  • ​Develop methods to integrate pathology and epidemiology
  • Link pathogenic insights to population impact
  • Educate next-generation scientists

*Abstract submission deadline has passed
**This meeting is only being held in-person


Thursday, May 4: Special Forum for Germline & Somatic Genomics and Social and Structural Determinants of Health in Cancer Disparities

7 - 8 a.m. - Breakfast

8 a.m. - Welcome: Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD and Christine Ambrosone, PhD

Plenary Sessions 1 & 2: Self-reported Race and Ethnicity, Genetic Ancestry and Social and Structural Determinants of Health: Where do they Meet in Cancer Disparities? (Chair: Christine Ambrosone, PhD)

8:05 - 9:35 a.m. - Plenary Session 1

  • Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, Keynote Address: Biological and Social Drivers of Cancer Health Disparities
  • Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPH: Investigating the Structural and Social Drivers of Cancer Health Disparities
  • Song Yao, PhD: Tumor Mutations and Risk Factors

9:35 - 9:55 a.m. - Break

9:55 - 11:40 a.m. - Plenary Session 2

  • Brittany Lord, PhD, MPH, MS: The Impact of Neighborhood Deprivation on DNA Methylation in Breast Cancer
  • Angela Omilian, PhD: The Role of Self-identified Race and Ethnicity, Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status, and Genetic Ancestry on Breast Cancer Outcomes in the Pathways Study
  • Ken Batai, PhD: Kidney Cancer Health Disparities: Exploring Role of Social Determinants of Health

11:40 a.m. - Group Photo  

12 - 2 p.m. - Lunch and Poster Session

2 - 3:05 p.m. - Chair Session 1: Integration of Genomics and Macro-Microenvironment (Chair: Montse Garcia-Closas, PhD)

  • Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, Keynote Address: Genetic Epidemiology and Microbiology of Human Lung and Colon Cancers
  • Gretchen Gierach, PhD, MPH: Integrating Macro-Microenivronment Biomarkers of Breast Tissue Composition to Inform Breast Cancer Etiology and Progression

3:05 - 3:25 p.m. - Break

3:25 - 4:40 p.m. - Chair Session 2: Influence of Lifestyle, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors on Tumor and Normal Tissues (Chair: Peter Campbell, PhD)

  • David Cheng, PhD: mTOR Pathway Signaling: a Mechanistic Link between Energy Imbalance and Breast Cancer
  • Shelley Tworoger, PhD: Immunologic Predictors of Survival Among Patients with Ovarian Cancer
  • Maria Teresa Landi, MD, PhD: The Interplay of Exogenous and Endogenous Mutational Processes in Lung Cancer Evolution

4:40 p.m. - Niagara Falls Tour

Friday, May 5th: Future Preview - Spatial Analyses; Bioinformatics; Artificial Intelligence

7 - 8 a.m. - Breakfast

8:15 - 9:35 a.m. - Chair Session 1 (Chair: Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD)

  • Jonathan Nowak, MD, PhD: Utility of Tissue-based Tumor Microenvironment Profiling in Large Patient Cohorts
  • Stephanie Schmit, PhD, MPH: Investigating the Epidemiology of T Cell Responses in Colorectal Cancer and Developing Efforts in Diverse Populations
  • Mustapha Abubakar, MD, PhD: Heterogeneity in Exposure-tissue Interactions Parallels Breast Cancer Etiologic Heterogeneity

9:35 a.m. - Break

10 - 11:20 a.m. - Chair Session 2 (Chair: Song Yao, PhD)

  • Kun-Hsing Yu, MD, PhD: Artificial Intelligence for Integrative Pathology Evaluation
  • Jonas Almeida, PhD: Mutation Signatures - Unified Presentations of Array Panel and Sequencing Data for AI Analysis
  • Tomotaka Ugai, MD, PhD: Integration of Cancer Spectra into Large-scale Population Studies for Precision Oncology       

11:20 a.m. - Award presentation & open business meeting

12 p.m. - Lunch

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. - Darwin Martin House Tour

Keynote Speakers

Timothy Rebbeck, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Additional speakers

Committee members

Meeting Co-Chairs

Christine Ambrosone, PhD
Chair, Department of Cancer Prevention & Control
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Peter T. Campbell PhD, MSc
Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montserrat Garcia-Closas, MD, DrPH
Montserrat Garcia-Closas, MD, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology
Imperial College London
Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
Timothy Rebbeck, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

Program Committee

Gretchen Gierach, PhD, MPH
Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute
Song Yao, PhD
Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University
Tomotaka Ugai, PhD, MD
Instructor, Pathology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Xuehong Zhang, Md, ScD
Associate Professor, Department of Nutriton
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2023 Location

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

David C. Hohn Auditorium & Gaylord Cary Conference Room
Research Studies Center
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, New York 14263

Campus map

Lodging information

  • Host hotel: Wyndham Garden Hotel
    125 High St., Buffalo, NY 14203
    Conference room rate: $108.00/night plus tax, must be reserved by April 12, 2023.
    Group/Block Code: 050323MPE 
    Act fast! There are a block of 50 rooms reserved for May 3-5.
    *Parking and airport shuttles are available for a fee

For more information about other lodging options near Roswell Park, visit the Buffalo Niagara Visitors Bureau.

Roswell Park is located in the beautiful Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, just 9 miles from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and only 1 mile from downtown Buffalo, NY.

Registration has closed. Please contact to inquire about registering.

Sponsors and educational partners

The International MPE Meeting Series has been supported by the following agencies, institutions, schools, and corporations: 

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Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Association for Molecular Pathology
Akoya Biosciences