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Brain, Behavior, and Cancer Seminar Series December 4, 2012, 9:30 am - 10:30 am UPMC Shadyside - Hillman Cancer Center (Cooper Classroom A)

Cancer Risk In Israeli Holocaust Survivors
The Impact of Famine and WWII-PTSD


Neomi Vin-Raviv, MPH, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University


Dr. Vin-Raviv earned her Masters and doctorate degrees in Epidemiology from Haifa University in Israel. Her Masters thesis examined cancer incidence and survival among Holocaust survivors who had immigrated to Israel after World War II and found that Israeli Holocaust survivors had a higher incidence of all cancers, especially breast and colorectal cancer, compared to Jewish immigrants from Europe who had not been interned during the Holocaust. In her doctoral thesis, Dr. Vin-Raviv followed up this work with a case-control study among Holocaust survivors specifically with breast cancer and found an association between caloric restriction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and breast cancer later in life.

The Hillman Cancer Center Research Pavilion 2nd floor Conference Room is located on the second floor of the Hillman Cancer Center, 5117 Centre Ave, Shadyside. After entering the building, please let the guard (past the information desk on the right) know that you are attending the seminar so he can admit you to the Research Pavilion. Take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor; the conference room is to the left upon exiting the elevators and directly forward upon reaching the stairway landing.

Parking is available in the garage at the UPMC Cancer Pavilion across the street from the Hillman Cancer Center (~$6 cash/credit for 1-2 hours). There are also parking meters along Centre Avenue, Cypress Street, and Baum Boulevard in the blocks surrounding the Cancer Center. The 71A & 71C both travel from Oakland and stop at Cypress Street just beyond the Cancer Center entrance.

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