The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF International) have come together to develop thinking and enhance discussion across the two disciplines of Cancer and Obesity.
The conference updated clinicians, epidemiologists, policy makers, nutritional professionals and basic science researchers involved in obesity or cancer by challenging them with new ideas and thinking about the biological principals that underline the increased risk of developing certain cancers in obese people.
We have created a unique Scientific Programme that will underpin the first of a series of novel conferences organised by IASO. This conference was held from the 28th–30th October, 2010 in Valencia, Spain.
The scientific sessions examined the links between obesity and cancer from an epidemiological and mechanistic perspective. They examined important biomarkers and early life events that relate to increased cancer risk. They also explored the molecular events and cellular mechanisms that underly these processes. It examined how this knowledge could be utilised by policy makers to inform and generate new thinking and ways of preventing cancer in both the developed and developing worlds. The conference also contained a special session from the European Prospective Investigation into Nutrition and Cancer (EPIC) to update the field and discuss the most current results and findings.
The conference has drawn together the leading thinkers across the two disciplines and has proved to be a lively and interactive meeting.
Over 100 registered delegates and a total of 70 abstracts were submitted for this conference categorised under five abstract themes:
• Basic sciences – cancer, obesity
• Cancer treatment
• Cancer prevention
• Epidemiology and cancer
• Policy and cancer