Symposium to Focus on Reshaping Breast Cancer Research in California


Lyn Dunagan

September 6, 2010—Oakland, CA—The California Breast Cancer Research Program will host From Research to Action: Tools for Change, a symposium for breast cancer researchers, advocates, survivors and the interested public Sept. 24 and 25 at the Oakland Marriott and Convention Center. Attendees from around the state will discuss the latest research results and other groundbreaking topics in breast cancer research. The California Breast Cancer Research Program is administered by the University of California Office of the President on behalf of the state of California. Registration is free, and the event is open to everyone, regardless of scientific background. Continuing medical education credits are available for nurses and physicians.

“The symposium is an opportunity for people who are affected by breast cancer to meet with experts who are working on ways to end the disease,” said Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch, director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP).  “We have many exciting developments to share, particularly in the ways that we’re reshaping research and filling gaps in our understanding of disparities and environmental impacts on breast cancer risk.”

Two plenary sessions will highlight some of the significant advances in breast cancer research funded by the CBCRP.  Making Chemical Testing Relevant to Breast Cancer: The California Breast Cancer and Chemicals Policy Project will focus on the expert panel’s recommendations for improving chemical toxicity screenings for relevance to breast cancer and the potential impact on California and federal policies. Tools for Expanding the Research Paradigm will focus on projects that are developing new ways of conducting research and the ways in which those tools are enabling major advances in breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

Several sessions will focus on vital research topics such as treatment; disparities; chemical exposures; translational projects that focus on moving results into clinical practice; and issues faced by survivors, immigrant populations, Latinas and nail salon workers.

Keynote speaker Angela Padilla will detail the role of advocacy in driving the breast cancer research agenda.  Padilla is a noted activist and co-founder of Bay Area Young Survivors, a support and action group for women age 45 and under who are living with breast cancer. 

Other features of the symposium include:

“Attendees bring their enthusiasm and intensity, their passion for finding solutions, and their stories,” said Dr. Shelley Hwang, surgeon at the UC San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and member of the CBCRP’s Breast Cancer Research Council. “California has the finest research infrastructure in the nation and a remarkably diverse population. This symposium showcases different ways that we’re pushing forward towards a future without breast cancer. “

There is no fee to attend From Research to Action: Tools for Change. The registration deadline is Sept. 15, but no one will be turned away. To preview the program, register or find out more information about the symposium, visit  The Oakland Marriott and Convention Center is located at 1001 Broadway in Oakland.


About the California Breast Cancer Research Program:
The mission of the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is to eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.

Created by the State Legislature in 1993, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) is the largest state-funded breast cancer research program in the nation and is administered by the University of California, Office of the President. To date, the CBCRP has awarded 894 grants to 101 scientific institutions and community entities, totaling more than $213 million for research in California to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer. Awards include traditional investigator-initiated projects, community-based collaborative research projects, and program-directed special research initiatives. Grants from the CBCRP fill gaps not traditionally funded by other research programs to jump-start new areas of investigation that push the boundaries of research and foster new collaborations. The CBCRP is funded through the voluntary tax check-off program on personal income tax form 540, a portion of the state tobacco tax, and individual contributions. For more information, call 888 313-2277, or visit