In 2005, an international group of investigators with completed or ongoing epidemiologic studies of esophageal adenocarcinoma and/or Barrett’s esophagus formed BEACON as an open scientific forum for research into the etiology and prevention of these diseases. Members develop and evaluate proposals for projects that pool data across sites and/or create new data through collaborative laboratory- or clinic-based studies.

BEACON functions through the volunteer activities of its members. The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) helped support the formation of the consortium and contribute to costs of annual workshops when possible. Members alternate responsibility for hosting the annual meeting, attempting to vary the venue for convenience of members. An elected Steering Committee helps to coordinate activities. Collaboration Guidelines have been developed to guide the development of manuscripts and new studies based on BEACON resources and expertise.

While annual meetings have not been held recently, manuscripts and grant applications based on member studies are still being developed.

2013 BEACON workshop in Chapel Hill, NC (sponsored in part by UNC)

Beacon 2013

2012 BEACON workshop in Bethesda, MD (sponsored in part by NCI)

2011 BEACON workshop in Brisbane, Australia (sponsored in part by QIMR)

2009 BEACON workshop in Lyon, France (sponsored in part by IARC)

2007 Workshop: Washington DC

2006 Workshop: Los Angeles, CA