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Global Challenge Idea Showcase and Competition

Watch the video of the May 15 event

The Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer was designed to uncover transformative prevention research ideas. Finalists were selected from dozens of applications that were submitted to the Global Challenge and competed for two Grand Prizes and an Audience Choice Award at the Idea Showcase and Competition on May 15, 2020, in San Francisco, California. Each finalist had just five minutes to make the case that their idea could revolutionize breast cancer prevention. Renowned surgeon, breast cancer prevention advocate, and author Dr. Susan Love delivered the event’s keynote address on “The Amazing Breast”. In addition to the two Grand Prize winners chosen by a judging committee of renowned experts and advocates, those in attendance and watching online also had their say, voting on an Audience Choice Award.

View the program for the event here:

Idea Showcase and Competition Program (PDF)

Watch the full program video above, and watch individual segments in the videos below.

Finalist Presentations


Victoria Seewaldt, M.D. (Grand Prize: Researcher)
Professor and Chair, City of Hope
Breast Cancer Prevention: Awareness, Avoid, Advocacy


Nancy Buermeyer, M.S. (Grand Prize: Advocate)
Senior Policy Strategist, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
California Ports: Air Pollution Interventions and Breast Cancer Risk in Local Communities


Michele Atlan (Audience Choice Award)
Vice President, Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund
Spice it Up: A New Way to Use Curcumin


Thea D. Tlsty, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology, University of California San Francisco
The Mother of All Primary Prevention Assays


Gertrude C. Buehring, Ph.D.
Professor of Virology, University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health
To Prevent Breast Cancer, Eradicate Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) in Cattle



Vincent Bessonneau, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
Mapping the Human Exposome to Uncover the Causes of Breast Cancer


Barbara Adler Cohn, Ph.D.
Research Director, Child Health and Development Studies, Public Health Institute
Environmental Breast Density: The Clue to Preventing Breast Cancer


Laura Markuly
Owner/Exercise Physiologist, Bodyology Sports Performance, LLC
Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN): The New Breast Cancer Prevention


Andrea R. Hindman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Silent Spring Institute
Keeping Abreast of Prevention in Chemical Safety Testing


Hannah Lui Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of California Irvine
In Utero and Pre-Conception Determinants of Breast Cancer Risk


Additional Videos


Keynote Presentation: Susan M. Love, M.D., MBA
Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
The Amazing Breast


Awards Presentation
Announcement of winners at the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer Idea Showcase and Competition. The Grand Prizes and Audience Choice Award are presented here.


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