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2016 Conference Proceedings

The 2016 Conference, Joining Forces to Understand the Causes of Breast Cancer, was held on February 29 at the South San Francisco Conference Center


On February 29, 2016, CBCRP hosted a conference that explored research critical for understanding, preventing and curing breast cancer. The conference was designed to encourage participants to break out of “silos” that limit our ability to address the broadest spectrum of breast cancer concerns and engage with each other to generate new, transdisciplinary priorities and collaborations. Through thought-provoking presentations and world café-style small group conversations, over 150 advocates, researchers and clinicians explored ideas that they could take back to the bench, clinic and community organizations and some attendees laid the groundwork to build new partnerships.

The conference was documented using social media and graphic recording of the ideas that emerged through presentations and facilitated conversations. The graphic recordings were produced in real time by Leslie Salmon-Zhu of Conference Arts and Insights.

Artist's rendering of the conversations in the room during the 2016 CBCRP conference.

Program book with speaker bios

All graphical recording images (pdf)

#CBCRP - Joining Forces to Understand the Causes of Breast Cancer(Storify)


Registration: 7:30 – 10:00am

Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:00am

Welcome: 8:00 – 8:15am

  • Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, UCLA/California Breast Cancer Research Program
  • Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, California Breast Cancer Research Program
  • Sharima Rasanayagam, The Breast Cancer Fund/California Breast Cancer Research Program 

New Model of Breast Cancer Causation: 8:15 – 9:00am

Presentation (pdf) – Robert Hiatt, UCSF (Online model) 

Dissecting Breast Cancer Causation: 9:00 – 10:30am

Moderator: Joan Venticinque, Breast Science Advocacy Core, UCSF

Break: 10:30 – 10:45am

Facilitated Conversations: 10:45am – Noon

Facilitated conversations to access the collective experience and explore our goals, questions and ideas about the future of breast cancer research.   

Hosted Lunch: Noon – 1:00pm

Lunch and informal networking.

Resources for Understanding Breast Cancer Causation, Part 1: 1:00 – 1:50pm

Moderator: Naz Sykes, National Breast Cancer Coalition

  • ATHENA: A Model for Assessing Breast Cancer Risk – Laura Esserman, UCSF
  • Studying Real-World Breast Cancer Outcomes  -  Allison Kurian, Stanford University 

Break: 1:50 – 2:00pm

Resources for Understanding Breast Cancer Causation, Part 2: 2:00 – 3:00pm

Panel discussion: Conducting transdisciplinary research

Moderator:  Janice Barlow, Zero Breast Cancer (retired) Presentation (pdf)

  • HERMOSA: Health and Environment Research on Make of Salinas Adolescents
    • Kim Harley, UC Berkeley
    • Carolina Mundo, The CHAMACOS Youth Council
    • Kimberly Parra, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas
  • Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative (pdf):
    • Heather Buren, United Fire Service Women
    • Rachel Morello Frosch, UC Berkeley
    • Tony Stefani, San Francisco Fire Department (retired)

Break: 3:00 – 3:15

Facilitated Conversations: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Facilitated conversations to collectively explore what is possible working together and to identify ways we can collaborate to continue to draw upon the knowledge of diverse perspectives.

Report Back and Closing:  4:45pm – 5:15pm

Summary of conference outcomes and a discussion of resources for collaboration and next steps following the conference.

Reception with Poster Viewing:  5:30pm – 7:00pm

CBCRP-funded investigators describe their recent advances in breast cancer research.