Mayo Clinic on Oct. 15 will host a lecture, "It Takes Two to Tango: Cancer Epidemiology, Molecular Biology, and Public Policy."
The speakers are Sam Zakhari and David Ozgo, from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).
The lecture will explore how the evolving fields of molecular pathologic epidemiology and genome-wide causation studies integrate information that leads to more exact determinations of the causes of cancer in individual patients.
Public policy decisions are often based on the belief that a casual link has been established between alcohol consumption and breast cancer. However, the research used to make that connection, and thus the related public policy, is based on often dubious studies that rely on self-reporting of alcohol use.
Zakhari is senior vice president for science at DISCUS and has 40 years of research experience in the fields of pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, genetics and molecular biology. Ozgo is senior vice president and chief economist at DISCUS, and frequently testifies before legislative bodies on tax, regulatory and market-access issues.
The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. in Geffen Auditorium of the Gonda Building.