egrp-cehp (Agenda)










Recordings of Meeting Sessions

Videos of presentations from the Cancer Epidemiology in Hispanic Populations Workshop are now available on YouTube:


September 14-16, 2021
National Cancer Institute (NCI)


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Day 1
14 September 2021
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Welcome and logistics
Tram Kim Lam, National Cancer Institute

Opening remarks
Robert T. Croyle, National Cancer Institute
Eliseo Perez-Stable, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Overview of the landscape of changing demographics and trends in Hispanic populations
Rogelio Saenz, University of Texas at San Antonio

Overview of cancer-related burden in Hispanic populations
Mariana Carla Stern, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Who is considered Hispanic? Applying novel approaches on data collection for future research
Alice B. Popejoy, Stanford University

Moderator: Edward J. Trapido, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
How do we meaningfully identify Hispanics to advance cancer epidemiologic research in Hispanic populations?
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Oral Presentations

  • Characterize the heterogeneity of U.S. Hispanic populations and associated challenges to cancer epidemiology research
    Scarlett Lin Gomez, University of California, San Francisco

  • Cancer epidemiology research in Puerto Ricans
    Marcia Cruz-Correa, University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Center

  • What variables should be collected to enable advancing cancer research in Hispanics (including diversity of subgroups; pooling data) and what are the challenges and opportunities?
    Laura Fejerman, University of California, Davis

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel Discussion (Moderator: Edward J. Trapido)
Panelists: Drs. Stern, Saenz, Popejoy, Gomez, Cruz-Correa, and Fejerman

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM


What are the cancers disproportionately affecting Hispanic populations and why?
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Oral Presentations

  • Genetics and cancer in US Hispanic populations
    Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, University of California, Davis

  • Interplay of infection, co-evolution, genetics in gastric cancer risk
    Douglas Morgan, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

  • Liver cancer and US Hispanic populations: incidence and mortality
    Amelie G. Ramirez, UT Health San Antonio, Texas

  • Childhood cancer health disparities in Hispanic populations
    Adam de Smith, University of Southern California

  • Cancer survivorship in Hispanics
    Frank J. Penedo, University of Miami, Florida

3:50 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel Discussion (Moderator: Amelie G. Ramirez)
Panelists: Drs. Carvajal-Carmona, Morgan, de Smith, and Penedo

Day 2
15 September 2021
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM

Welcome and recap of Day 1
Joanne Elena, National Cancer Institute

Moderator: Gabriel Lai, National Cancer Institute
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Cancer registries: What are the challenges in collecting Hispanic sub-population information?
Kathy Cronin, National Cancer Institute

Hispanic ethnicity, migration, and cancer survival in New York State
Margaret Gates Kuliszewski, New York Cancer Registry

Hispanic ethnic groups and the status of cancer surveillance data: current knowledge, challenges and opportunities
Paulo S. Pinheiro, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

12:40 PM – 1:20 PM

Panel Discussion (Moderator: Gabriel Lai)
Panelists: Drs. Cronin, Kuliszewski, and Pinheiro 

Moderator: Somdat Mahabir, National Cancer Institute
1:20 PM – 2:40 PM

Fireside Chat: What are the lessons learned from epidemiology research in Hispanic populations and sharing of resources?
Investigators with expertise in developing and managing large-scale non-cancer and cancer epidemiology studies will share their expertise and lessons learnt. Invited NIH colleagues will share resources and relevant funding opportunities. 

  • Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL)
    Greg Talavera, San Diego State University

  • The Hispanic American Baseline Alcohol Survey (HABLAS)
    Raul Caetano, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

  • Multiethnic Cohort Study (MEC)
    V. Wendy Setiawan, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

  • NIH research support for Hispanic/Latino populations
    Rina Das, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
    Damali Martin, National Institute on Aging
    Yuling Hong, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
2:40 PM – 2:55 PM


Moderator: Lisa Gallicchio, National Cancer Institute
2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

International research collaborations in Hispanic populations
Jill Koshiol, National Cancer Institute
Laura Fejerman, University of California, Davis

3:15 PM – 3:50 PM

Landscape of NCI research and opportunities 

  • Overview of NCI-funded research on cancer in Hispanic populations
    Camille Pottinger, National Institute on Aging

  • Overview of NCI-resources and funding opportunities
    Amy Kennedy, National Cancer Institute 

  • Research and resources from the Division of Caner Epidemiology and Genetics
    Montserrat Garcia-Closas, National Cancer Institute 

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Panel Discussion (Moderator: Lisa Gallicchio)
Panelists: Drs. Koshiol, Fejerman, Kennedy, Garcia-Closas, and Ms. Pottinger

4:20 PM – 4:30 PM

Logistics for Day 3
Amy Kennedy, National Cancer Institute

Day 3
16 September 2021

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM 

Welcome and logistics for breakout sessions 
Shobha Srinivasan, National Cancer Institute 

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Breakout sessions

Participants will be assigned to their pre-registered breakout sessions (Etiology or Survivorship) on Day 3. The breakout session will be facilitated with note-takers. Participants will then be automatically connected to a larger forum with all meeting participants. 

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Breakout sessions report back and discussion 
Moderator: Rachel Hanisch, National Cancer Institute

A designated person from each group will report back to the full meeting. 

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


Moderators: Shobha Srinivasan, National Cancer Institute, and Damali Martin, National Institute on Aging
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

This session seeks to facilitate cross-discipline collaborations for attendees. Outputs will help inform concrete coordination from NCI program staff. Format may include area-specific sessions, e.g., etiology, survivorship, infrastructure, trans-NIH collaborations

  • What could be accomplished in the short term?
  • What are the long-term objectives?
  • What are topics for future discussions and opportunities for collaborations?
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Remarks
Ned Sharpless, National Cancer Institute
Anna Maria Napoles, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Tram Kim Lam, National Cancer Institute