Transatlantic Symposium

First Transatlantic Symposium on Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening and Save More Lives

The first Transatlantic Symposium on Colorectal Cancer Prevention is an idea which originated from the fact that there are proven and effective methods for the early detection and prevention of this form of cancer. However, both in US and in Europe, where incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer are high, these methods are not optimally utilized. It is a well-known phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic that the screening participation rates are too low. There are different barriers which keep people from participating in colorectal cancer screening - psychological reasons and subconscious fears are the predominant factors preventing people from undergoing the examination or using the test.

Surveys in various western countries have all shown similar results as to why people generally tend to neglect colorectal cancer prevention and early detection - causing us to look at the various approaches of how people from different countries try to tackle & solve this problem.

The Transatlantic Symposium will present a multitude of different practical concepts and projects, which have proven or are about to prove that it is possible to raise the CRC screening participation rate. For the first time ever in a conference on a medical topic it is all about "Putting Knowledge into Practice".

The Steering Committee

This exceptional symposium has been put together with the support of an outstanding Steering Committee consisting of experts and organizations highly regarded for their leadership and expertise in colorectal cancer prevention and early detection.

Some of the members of the Steering Committee have established the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of CRC screening programs. Others have worked on the implementation and on the practical strategies to overcome the barriers to screening in the heads of people. Combining the scientific aspects with the practical efforts in this area is a powerful approach, allowing for the development of a new transatlantic dialogue and significant progress in our collaborative effort to increase screening and save lives.

Carolyn Aldigé
Prevent Cancer Foundation, Alexandria;

Berndt Birkner
Gastroenterology, Munich;

Meinhard Classen
Gastroentrology, Technical University, Munich

Steven Itzkowitz
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

David Lieberman
University of Portland,Oregon

Christa Maar
Felix Burda Foundation, Munich

Mark Pochapin
The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, New York

Moshe Shike
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Felice Schnoll-Sussman
The Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, New York

Sidney Winawer
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York