Center for Global Health Announcements
NCI at the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC)
December 2, 2013
Members of the NCI Center for Global Health (CGH) attended the 9th annual meeting of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Ted Trimble delivered a keynote address on Global Health Strategies that will Impact Cancer Control in Africa. Drs. Joe Harford and Makeda Williams chaired workshops on the Beginning Investigators Grant for Catalytic Research Program (BIG CAT), a collaboration between AORTIC and NCI. BIG CAT is intended to support exploratory data collection by early-career African scientists engaged in cancer research in Africa. Six BIG CAT awardees from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda presented results from their two-year award period. Research topics ranged from a study of the prevalence of esophageal squamous dysplasia at Tenwek hospital in Western Kenya, to novel cervical cancer screening methods, to a study of patients with cancer and their traditional healers.
NCI’s Dr. Sanford Dawsey and the AORTIC/NCI/IUBMB (International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Esophageal Cancer Symposium presented a workshop on the current state of esophageal cancer research. Presenters reported on research findings from Kenya, Brazil, South Africa, China, Iran, Australia, and the United States. Discussions focused around prevention and control of esophageal and gastric cancers; etiologic studies of esophageal and gastric cancers, especially in high-risk populations; and developing clinically useful techniques for the early detection and treatment of esophageal and gastric cancers.
DCP3 - UICC Cancer Directions Consultation
November 20, 2013
Dr. Ted Trimble served on a distinguished panel on "Research to advance the cancer agenda in LMICs" at the Disease Control Priorities Consultation on Cancer Directions from the Disease Control Priorities Network. His co-panelists were Dr. Otis Brawley (Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society), Dr. Luiz Santini (Director, National Cancer Institute, Brazil; UICC Board), and Dr. Tezer Kutluk (Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control; president elect UICC Board). The panel was facilitated by Dr. R. Sankaranaryanan (International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO) and chaired by Dr Ramatu Hassan (Ministry of Health, Nigeria).
The World Cancer Leaders' Summit is an annual policy meeting that brings together decision makers devoted to furthering global cancer control.
Read more about the DCP3-UICC Cancer Directions Consultation on the DCP3 website.
The 5th International Cancer Control Congress in Lima, Peru
November 18, 2013
Center for Global Health's Dr. Brenda Kostelecky attended the 5th International Cancer Control Congress (ICCC) Conference. This was to provide support for the NIH Grants in Implementation Science training session, and to learn more about cancer control planning efforts in Peru, and around the world. The Conference fostered collaborations, networks and relationships, and transferred knowledge to enhance cancer/NCD control planning, and problem-solving, through discussions amongst delegates from diverse cultural and contextual settings. The purpose of this Congress was to discuss “what would be necessary to convert our current knowledge of cancer control into directions and actions that will enhance population cancer and NCD outcomes?”
The 35th International Association of Cancer Registries Conference
October 30, 2013
Dr. Brenda Edwards attended the 34th annual meeting of the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) in Buenos Aires, Argentina on behalf of NCI Center for Global Health. IACR was founded in 1966 as a professional society dedicated to fostering the aims and activities of cancer registries worldwide. Its primary is population-based registries, which collect information on the occurrence and outcome of cancer in defined population groups (usually the inhabitants of a city, region, or country). For each new cancer case, registries record details of the individual that is affected, the nature of the cancer, information on treatment, and patient follow-up, especially with respect to survival from the disease. The conference emphasized the important role cancer registries have on the evaluation of cancer risks factors and quality of care.
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The American Association for Cancer Education Awards Dr. Joe Harford
October 28, 2013
The American Association for Cancer Education (AACE) presented its highest award to Dr. Joe Harford of NCI’s Center for Global Health. The Margaret Hay Edwards Award was established to honor sustained outstanding contributions to cancer education. Dr. Margaret Hay Edwards, for whom the award was named, was a member of NCI who was instrumental in establishing peer-reviewed cancer education support mechanisms. The AACE Advisory Committee grants this award annually to individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to cancer education. Dr. Harford was recognized for his work in capacity building for cancer control internationally.
End Game for Tobacco: Cancer Screening Workshop
September 23, 2013
The NCI Center for Global Health's Dr. Ted Trimble, Dr. Sudha Sivaram, and Kalina Duncan traveled to New Delhi, India for the End Game for Tobacco, Cancer Screening Workshop. The key goals for this visit were to support and facilitate the NCI-specific initiative to train tobacco control scientists, from low and middle income countries (LMICs), in the field of translational tobacco control research, and to facilitate interaction between NCI grantees and LMIC scientists.
Middle East/North Africa Cancer Control Leadership Forum
September 16, 2013
NCI, Center for Global Health’s Dr. Lisa Stevens, Dr. Brenda Kostelecky, and Cathy Muha attended the annual Cancer Control Leadership Forum in Ankara, Turkey. The goal of the Cancer Control Leadership Forum is to increase the capacity of participating countries to initiate or enhance cancer control efforts within their respective countries. The Forum is an opportunity for countries to learn about and exchange experiences and ideas about creating and implementing comprehensive cancer control plans. A comprehensive cancer control plan is a strategic national cancer plan that is based on data and developed by diverse partners, including government and non-governmental organizations, to guide efforts within a country to decrease the burden of cancer. Country teams from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel participated in the 2-day workshop. Observers from Georgia, Morocco, Oman and Qatar indicate they would be interested in assembling a country team for a future planning activity. All participants walked away with action items to further cancer control in their respective countries.
New Deputy Director of Science Dr. Thomas Gross
August 26, 2013
The NCI Center for Global Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Gross, M.D., Ph.D. is joining the center as Deputy Director of Science. Dr. Gross brings many years of experience in clinical research and international collaborations to the center. He comes to us from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio where he was a professor of pediatrics and an attending physician. The Center looks forward to all the great work he will do.
Press Interview in Chennai
August 1, 2013
The NCI Center for Global Health’s Dr. Sudha Sivaram was interviewed by The Hindu, an independent news outlet in Chennai, India, on the continued challenges of cancer. In the article, Dr. Sivaram underscores the importance of cancer prevention and early detection, and highlights the work of the Center for Global Health to facilitate and foster sustainable collaborations and partnerships that focused on research efforts that address the global burden of cancer.
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International Activities of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers
July 3, 2013
The Center for Global Health has compiled a list of the reported international efforts of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. This list is not a comprehensive summary and not all of the efforts outlined in this report are NCI or NIH-funded. Rather, this report summarizes information that was provided by Cancer Centers who responded to requests from CGH for information on international activities. Any additions or corrections are welcome.
Click here to view the International Activities of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers
Contact: Brenda Kostelecky, firstname.lastname@example.org
NCI Joins International Initiative to Develop Global Cancer Registries
July 3, 2013
To help gather more complete and reliable data on cancer in low- and middle-income countries, NCI’s Center for Global Health (CGH) has joined an international effort, led by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), to develop population-based cancer registries where the need is greatest. Through its Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (GICR), launched in November 2011, IARC is establishing a network of regional “hubs” across Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. These hubs, or resource centers, will provide support, training, and infrastructure to local networks of cancer registries.
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Staff Recognition - National Institutes of Health Director's Award
June 6, 2013
Dr. Ted Trimble, Julie Schneider, and Ann Chao of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health will receive a 2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Award for their extraordinary efforts to create an innovative program to foster US-China biomedical research cooperation. They share this honor with other individuals from multiple NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.
All award recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Center for Global Health & Office of Cancer Centers Funding Opportunity
June 3, 2013
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center for Global Health and the Office of Cancer Centers are announcing a new funding opportunity to promote research collaborations between NCI designated Cancer Centers with institutions in low and mid – income countries (LMICs). This funding opportunity will seek to stimulate cancer research pilot programs in order to expand the reach of Cancer Centers in international settings.
With this unique opportunity, the NCI anticipates that the new findings or discoveries from this collaboration could improve cancer control, prevention and treatment strategies both in the US and abroad.
Deadline is June 14, 2013.
Contact: Dr. Jorge Gomez, email@example.com