With support from CBI, the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) launched the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer in 2018 to surface new and innovative ideas for research to prevent breast cancer. Ten finalists were selected out of dozens of submissions from across the globe, and they presented their ideas at the Global Challenge Idea Showcase and Competition in May 2019, where three winners were named. The event, developed by Kristi Kienholz, CBI’s Director of Communications, and CBCRP’s staff with support from Senior Associate Julia Golomb, can be viewed at: https://uctv.tv/prevent-breast-cancer/. Now, a new special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) highlights these finalists, their ideas, and CBCRP’s efforts to advance the primary prevention of breast Cancer.

The special issue, Advancing Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer, includes an article about the Global Challenge, articles from six of the Global Challenge finalists, and an article about other CBCRP primary prevention efforts, including the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Primary Prevention Plan for California. IJERPH is an open-access journal, so all articles can be read online free of charge. CBCRP hope that these ideas will ignite the imagination and catalyze breast cancer prevention research efforts across the globe to help prevent the more than two million cases of breast cancer that occur each year. 

The Global Challenge is part of CBCRP’s five-year effort to uncover and fund innovative research ideas for preventing breast cancer. CBI has been serving as the principal consultant to CBCRP on this project. Over the next several years, Senior Mediator Gina Bartlett and Senior Associate Laura Sneeringer will facilitate the meetings and work of the project’s Steering Committee that will determine how $20 million in grant funding will be disseminated in California for breast cancer research.