1st International MPE Meeting

The First Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting (closed) in Boston on April 24, 2013

Background and history:
In the summer of 2012, Shuji Ogino emailed Colin Begg, Karl Kelsey, Donna Spiegelman and Piet van den Brandt to organize and propose a symposium at Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston.  The proposal was not taken by SER, but based on Colin Begg’s idea of our gathering, we decided to have this closed meeting in Boston on 4/24/2013, the birthday of Shuji Ogino (because that was the only day everyone was available).  We invited Ed Giovannucci, as well as 4 young investigators (see below), and a total of 10 people gathered.  The picture above was taken at the dinner on 4/23/2013 (from left to right; Aya Kuchiba, Donna Spiegelman, Piet van den Brandt, Shuji Ogino, Colin Begg, and Reiko Nishihara).

The meeting went very successfully!  The only 2 regrets I (Shuji Ogino) still have is that we didn’t make enough photos, and that we did not publish conference proceedings!  Nonetheless, we still have this historical photo and minutes of this meeting.

Meeting Room
Kresge 907 (9F Epidemiology Library)
Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115 

Meeting Aims
To develop basic consensus on conceptual framework in the field.
To develop potential strategies for the promotion and advancement of the field.

(Core members, alphabetical)
Colin Begg
Edward Giovannucci
Karl Kelsey
Shuji Ogino
Donna Spiegelman
Piet van den Brandt
(Other invited members)
Aya Kuchiba
Scott Langevin
Reiko Nishihara
Molin Wang

April 23, 2013 (Tuesday)
Dinner at FuGakyu from 6:30PM (hosted/sponsored by Shuji Ogino) participated by Shuji Ogino, Colin Begg, Aya Kuchiba, Reiko Nishihara, Donna Spiegelman, and Piet van den Brandt.

April 24, 2013 (Wednesday)

8AM (Meeting Room open)

8:20 – 8:30. Member introduction (Prize presentation; question is “How old is Shuji Ogino today?”)

8:30 – 8:35. Objectives of the meeting – Colin Begg and Shuji Ogino
Scientific Presentations 8:35 – 12:50. (moderated by Colin Begg, 8:35 – 11:20; Karl Kelsey, 11:30 – 12:50)

(30 minutes each + 10 minutes discussion)

8:35 – 9:15. Shuji Ogino

9:15 – 9:55. Colin Begg


10:05 – 10:45. Edward Giovannucci

10:45 – 11:20. Karl Kelsey


11:30 – 12:10. Donna Spiegelman

12:10 – 12:50. Piet van den Brandt

12:50 – 13:30.  Lunch (provided by Ed Giovannucci and Shuji Ogino, at the meeting room)

Open Discussions of Generalized Issues Relevant to the Field. 13:30 – 15:00

13:30 – 14:00: Study Design and Statistical Methods (moderated by Donna Spiegelman)

14:00 – 14:30. Routine Collection of Molecular Pathology Data (moderated by Karl Kelsey)

14:30 – 15:00. Issues in Pooling MPE Data (moderated by Piet van den Brandt)


Future Plans 15:10 – 17:00.

15:10 – 16:00. Possible Projects (moderated by Ed Giovannucci)

16:00 – 17:00. Future Meetings and Future of the Field (moderated by Shuji Ogino)

17:00 – 17:15. Any other business if any (or a cushion for running over)

17:15.  Meeting Adjourn