HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Philippe T. Georgel, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Cell Differentiation and Development Center at Marshall University, will present a poster on the effects of diet on breast cancer at the Era of Hope 2011 Conference in Orlando, Fla.
The Era of Hope Conference provides a forum for scientists and clinicians from a variety of disciplines to join breast cancer survivors and advocates in learning about the advances made by the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) awardees, to challenge paradigms and push boundaries, and to identify innovative, high-impact approaches for future research.
This year’s conference is Tuesday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 5 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Recognized as one of the premiere breast cancer research meetings, the Era of Hope Conference is expected to attract more than 1,600 BCRP awardees, survivors and invited speakers, fostering an atmosphere for collaborative thinking in the fight against breast cancer.
Georgel’s abstract, done in collaboration with Dr. Elaine Hardman and titled Maternal Consumption of Omega 3 Fatty Acids to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Offspring, was chosen for the conference by the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
The research project investigates the ability of a maternal diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids (found in fish oil and canola oil, for example) to reduce the incidence of breast cancer and to limit growth of malignant mammary tumors in the female offspring.
The mechanism involved appears to be linked to long-term changes in gene expression mediated by epigenetic events (regulatory events that do not involve DNA mutations).
“The DOD ‘Era of Hope’ selection committee picks projects they believe have a good chance to generate potential applications in the future in terms of prevention of breast cancer,” Georgel said. “This type of study provides a window to the multiple long-term positive effects associated with a balanced diet, not only for the individuals but also for their offspring.”
Georgel has been at Marshall since fall 2002.