Stress-mediated Effects on Cancer Biology: A Primer on Cancer Biology and Plausible Mechanisms

NCI Preconference Workshop at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Portland, OR

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Workshop Co-Chairs

Workshop Faculty

  • Suzanne Conzen, MD, University of Chicago
  • Susan Lutgendorf, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Edward L. Nelson, MD, University of California, Irvine
  • Anil Sood, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Erica Sloan, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Workshop Consultant

  • Steve Cole, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Workshop Design

This workshop is comprised of lectures and interactive audience participation to encourage the intellectual exchange of ideas between faculty and participants. Lectures will incorporate media and other innovative tools to facilitate learning.

Educational Objectives

The goal of this workshop is to stimulate interest in stress regulation of cancer biology as a fertile research field for intellectual investment. State-of-the science presentations delivered by prominent cancer and biobehavioral researchers will be used to:

  1. Review the fundamentals of cancer biology;
  2. Outline the principle components of stress biology that are most relevant to our understanding of stress regulation of cancer biology;
  3. Highlight the most relevant tumor types and cancer biology processes that are vulnerable to stress regulation; and
  4. Delineate the molecular mechanisms and pathways of stress-mediated effects on cancer biology.

Target Audience

The target audience is established and young scientists trained to conduct mechanistically focused biobehavioral and health psychology research.