The National Toxicology Program within the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a workshop on evaluating the interactions between environmental exposures and cancer biology.
Cancer is a leading cause of mortality worldwide. While the defining feature of cancer is uncontrolled division of abnormal cells, it is a complex disease with varied presentations (i.e., different etiologies and target tissues) that involves dysregulation of multiple interconnected signaling pathways. Diverse environmental factors have been associated with the development and progression of various cancer types. A critical question in the field of environmental health is how to harness what is known about cancer biology and associated environmental exposures to improve public health outcomes. The Converging on Cancer Workshop is aimed at providing a clear path forward for evaluating the interactions between environmental exposures and cancer biology using the latest tools in toxicology and identifying knowledge gaps that require research attention. Potential applications of this understanding include building a framework for incorporating mechanistic data into cancer risk assessment, developing effective screening tools to detect the carcinogenic potential of environmental chemicals (including mixtures), engineering safer products, and designing more effective multi-target therapeutics.
This meeting is free for members of the public to attend. Attendance will be limited by space available. This workshop will also be webcast. Both in person and online attendance require a registration. The registration links, along with more information regarding the event and a forthcoming agenda, are available at the NTP's website.