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Dr. Amelie Ramirez, leader of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, is spearheading the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference Feb. 21-23, 2018, in San Antonio.
Latinos are expected to face a 142% rise in cancer in coming years.
There is consistent evidence that higher amounts of body fat are associated with increased risks of a number of cancers, especially among Latinos.
The inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference will unite health researchers, professionals, and leaders to tackle Latino cancer on many fronts.
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“We have seen substantial advancement in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment over the past decades—but addressing Latino cancer health disparities has not nearly kept pace with progress,” said Ramirez, who directs the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) that will co-host the conference alongside UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center.
Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos will feature the state of Latino cancer, showcase new research, and spur multidisciplinary collaborations for cancer solutions, Ramirez said.
Keynote speakers include:
- Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, director, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities
- Edith A. Perez, translational cancer researcher, Mayo Clinic and Genentech
Other presenters will feature lab research on biological differences, clinical best practices and community interventions to address the unique needs of Latino groups.
“This special conference will celebrate research advancements to date, explore new frontiers and gaps in this emerging transdisciplinary field, and kick-start discussion on research from bench to bedside to community to survivorship,” Ramirez said.