Upcoming International MPE Meeting

The 6th International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting: 10-Year Anniversary Summit will be held in 2023.  Visit www.mpemeeting.org/

Christine Ambrosone (Roswell Park Cancer Institute)
Peter Campbell (American Cancer Society)
Montserrat Garcia-Closas (National Cancer Center)
Shuji Ogino (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Timothy Rebbeck (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

​Introduction and goals:

The International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting Series has been open to research community around the world, with free registration.  The first five International MPE Meetings were successfully held in Boston, MA, USA, in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2018, and virtually in 2021.


As an important premise of epidemiology, individuals with the same disease generally have similar causes, and exhibit a similar disease evolution.  In the past few decades, our knowledge on disease pathogenesis has improved considerably, and disease classification has also transformed, incorporating molecular mechanisms of disease.  As a result, Pathology and Epidemiology have now been integrated into the single unified field of Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE).  This has opened enormous opportunities.

To advance integrative molecular and population-level health science and address the unique research challenges specific to the field of MPE requires bringing together experts in various fields including pathology, epidemiology, biostatistics, computational biology, bioinformatics, genomics, immunology, and nutritional and environmental sciences.  This effort of integrating seemingly divergent fields can lead to a greater understanding of pathogenic processes, and the impact of environmental, dietary, lifestyle, and genetic factors and their interactions.  Brainstorming and discussion fostered by the MPE Meeting will lead to the development of new methodologies to address the unique research questions and challenges in this emerging field.  Our goals are to:

1.  Integrate pathology and epidemiology, to synergize approaches of multiple scientific disciplines
2.  Link pathogenic insights to population impact
3.  Educate next generation scientists

This unique meeting can provide an unprecedented opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and integration of multiple diverse fields.  Eventually, we aim to establish the MPE Meeting as a regular annual science forum, where we can advance population science, and optimize our training and education systems for 21st century medicine and public health.