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Fighting to end breast cancer: The challenge is on

Could STEM education help prevent breast cancer? Could reducing emissions at major ports lower breast cancer risk?

These and other questions will be explored on May 15 in San Francisco, when 10 finalists in the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer present their bold ideas at the Global Challenge Idea Showcase and Competition.

Encouraging competition, spurring growth

UC’s California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) launched the Global Challenge in September 2018 to uncover transformative ideas for research on breast cancer prevention — and to address the staggering statistic that, despite advancements in treatment, people continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer at rates that have remained essentially unchanged over the past three decades.

CBCRP hopes that the ideas presented at the event will catalyze other breast cancer prevention research efforts across the globe and help prevent the more than 2 million cases of breast cancer that are diagnosed each year.

Finalists — individuals and teams who have demonstrated bold ideas for advancing breast cancer primary prevention — will compete for two grand prizes at the event. Their ideas will inform more than $15 million in funding that CBCRP will devote to breast cancer prevention research over the next five years.

  • What: Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer Idea Showcase and Competition
  • When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Where*: Register or view the live-stream:

Renowned surgeon, breast cancer prevention advocate and author Dr. Susan Love will deliver the keynote address.

About the California Breast Cancer Research Program

CBCRP is administered by the Research Grants Program Office within UCOP. CBCRP is the largest state-funded breast cancer research effort in the nation. It aims to prevent and eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.

Questions? Contact Nick Anthis, CBCRP program officer, at or 510-987-0358.

* Note: Available staff are also invited to attend the challenge in person at the Public Policy Institute of California, 500 Washington St., San Francisco, CA 94111. A light lunch will be served.

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