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The Second International Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Meeting is a meeting open to research community around the world, with free registration. We expect the implementation of Annual (or "1.5 year-nual") International MPE Meeting. The First International MPE Meeting was held as a closed meeting in Boston, MA on April 24, 2013, and it went very successfully.
The most important premise of epidemiology is that individuals with the same disease name have similar causes, and can be expected to exhibit a similar disease evolution. In the past two decades, our knowledge on disease pathogenesis has improved considerably, and disease classification has also transformed, incorporating molecular mechanisms of disease. Most epidemiology studies including molecular epidemiology studies have still relied on disease data from clinical records, which have been collected without detailed assessment of molecular pathology. In a minority of epidemiology studies in the past decades, molecular pathology techniques have been used, typically under the umbrella term of "molecular epidemiology". This has hindered the development of not only specific methodologies to analyze disease heterogeneity and pathogenesis, but also standardized research guidelines. In fact, STROBE-ME (molecular epidemiology) guidelines do not adequately address molecular pathology and heterogeneity of disease.
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 molecular pathology, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and nutritional and environmental sciences. This effort of integrating seemingly divergent fields can lead to a greater understanding of heterogeneity of the pathogenic process, and the impact of environmental, dietary, lifestyle, and genetic factors and their interactions on that process. 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 specific aims of the MPE Meeting are:
To develop conceptual and practical framework of MPE
To cultivate and expand opportunities in MPE
To address challenges in MPE
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
Confirmed speakers include:
- Adam Bass
- Andrew Beck
- Colin Begg
- Montserrat Garcia-Closas
- Edward Giovannucci
- Matthew Meyerson
- Shuji Ogino
Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen
Piet van den Brandt
- Molin Wang