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Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer

Winners named in competition to catalyze new direction in breast cancer research

We are excited to announce the winners of the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer:

Grand Prize (Researcher Category):
Victoria Seewaldt, M.D., Professor and Chair of Population Sciences, City of Hope
with Chris Sistrunk, Ph.D., and the SoCal STEM and Community Outreach Team
“Breast Cancer Prevention: Awareness, Avoid, Advocacy”

Grand Prize (Advocate Category):
Nancy Buermeyer, M.S., Senior Policy Strategist, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
with Janet Nudelman, M.A.
“California Ports: Air Pollution Interventions and Breast Cancer Risk in Local Communities”

Audience Choice Award:
Michele Atlan, Vice President, Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund
“Spice it Up: A New Way to Use Curcumin”

Winners were chosen at the Global Challenge Idea Showcase and Competition on May 15. Congratulations to the winners, the 10 finalists, and everyone who participated in this exciting competition! Learn more about the ideas submitted to the challenge, and watch the video to witness the event yourself.

Watch the video

Launched by CBCRP last fall, the Global Challenge was designed to uncover transformative prevention research ideas – and address the staggering statistic that, despite treatment advancements, people continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer at rates that have remained essentially unchanged over the past three decades. Finalists were selected from dozens of applications that were submitted to the Global Challenge and competed for two Grand Prizes and an Audience Choice Award at the Idea Showcase and Competition on May 15 in San Francisco.

We have published a special issue in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) highlighting these finalists, their ideas, and CBCRP’s efforts to advance the primary prevention of breast Cancer. The special issue, Advancing Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer, includes an article about the Global Challenge, articles from six of the Global Challenge finalists, and an article about other CBCRP primary prevention efforts, including the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan for California. IJERPH is an open-access journal, so all articles can be read online free of charge.

Read the special issue

When we launched our third round of Program Initiatives, we sought innovative solutions to garner more cutting-edge prevention research proposals. We created the Global Challenge to crowdsource new ideas on breast cancer primary prevention research. Ideas from the Global Challenge will feed into our Program Initiatives process, whereby we convene a panel of outside advisors to identify and prioritize ideas to develop into funding opportunities. These ideas will inform more than $15 million in funding that CBCRP will devote to breast cancer prevention research over the next five years. CBCRP hopes that these ideas will catalyze other breast cancer prevention research efforts across the globe and help prevent the more than 2 million cases of breast cancer that are diagnosed each year.

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Idea showcase and competition