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

Submit your abstract
*Abstracts must be submitted by 3/24/2023 for consideration.
**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

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

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

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

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

  • Brittany Lord, PhD
  • Angela Omilian, PhD
  • Ken Batai, PhD
  • Discussion: Chair, Christine Ambrosone, PhD

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, PhD, Keynote Address
  • Gretchen Gierach, PhD

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)

  • Marc Gunter, PhD: Impact of cancer risk factors on the molecular architecture of normal tissue: observational and intervention studies
  • Shelley Tworoger, PhD: Immunologic predictors of survival among patients with ovarian cancer
  • Maria Teresa Landi, PhD

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: 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
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Peter T. Campbell PhD, MSc
Emory Winship Cancer Institiute
Montserrat Garcia-Closas, MD, DrPH
National Cancer Institute
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 5, 2023.
    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.

This year’s meeting is being hosted by the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. For questions regarding the event, please contact Karen Hulme at 716-845-8351 or

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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