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YSPH Convenes Experts to Examine Alcohol’s Role in Cancer

Chronic alcohol abuse is considered to be an important risk factor for disease worldwide. In addition, alcohol and its metabolite, acetaldehyde, are recognized as carcinogens that contribute to four percent of cancer deaths. Although scientific studies began to show this association over 100 years ago, the role of alcohol in chronic diseases such as cancer is still not well understood by the public and medical professionals. The 4th International Conference on Alcohol and Cancer was organized by Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology, sponsored by the Department of Environmental Health Sciences of the Yale School of Public Health, and supported by an R13 grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The conference, held in Newport, R.I., brought together 75 international scholars with special interest in alcohol and/or cancer.

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4th Alcohol and Cancer Conference

The 4th International Alcohol and Cancer Conference was held April 14-18, 2019 in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

The contribution of alcohol to the development of a variety of cancers is becoming increasingly evident. Annually, 3.6% of all cancers are attributable to alcohol consumption, equating to a total of 390,000 cases. The meeting will focus on recent advances in epidemiology, molecular mechanisms and biomarkers of alcohol-induced carcinogenesis, and anticancer therapy. This meeting will be an ideal platform for promoting interactions between basic scientists and clinicians in all major aspects of alcohol-induced carcinogenesis. Young scientists and graduate students symposia are included.


  • Alcohol and Cancer Epidemiology
  • Mechanisms of Alcohol-induced Carcinogenesis
  • Ethanol Metabolism and Cancer
  • Alcohol and Signaling Pathways
  • Alcohol and Liver Cancer
  • Alcohol and Breast Cancer
  • Alcohol and Pancreatic Cancer
  • Alcohol and Aerodigestive Cancers
  • Immune System and Cancer
  • Fetal Alcohol & Cancer
  • Alcohol and Stem Cells

Organizing Committee

  • Vasilis Vasiliou, Chair
  • Helena Cortez-Pinto (Portugal)
  • Loraine Gudas (USA)
  • Dimitrios Kouretas (Greece)
  • George Michalopoulos (USA)
  • Lopa Mishra (USA)
  • Helmut K. Seitz (Germany)
  • Felix Stickel (Switzerland)
  • Dina Tiniakos (UK/Greece)
  • Aris Tsatsakis (Greece)