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Essay by Dr. Varmus in Science and Diplomacy about Medical Research Centers in Mali and Uganda

In an essay for Science and Diplomacy, Dr. Varmus discusses overcoming obstacles to building scientific capacity and promoting global health. Founded in collaboration with the U.S. government, the Uganda Cancer Institute and the Malaria Research and Training Center in Mali are combating major diseases through research capacity development. 

Read the full essay here.

Call for Abstracts: NCI/CUGH Symposium on Global Cancer Research

January 16, 2013

CUGH has agreed to waive meeting registration for NCI travel award winners.  Online abstract submission deadline has been extended from January 31st to February 7th.

Held in conjunction with the, widely attended, Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s (CUGH) 5th Annual Global Health Conference, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) Symposium on Global Cancer Research is intended to facilitate information exchange between global health and cancer research professionals about programs in global cancer research, identify potential geographic and scientific areas for collaboration, and work to develop strategic priorities related to cancer research focused on low- and middle-income countries. Highly interactive discussions will cover a range of topics, foster network building, and be geared toward developing action items for advancing global cancer research priorities.

Date and Venue: May 9th (all day) at the Washington Hilton, Washington DC

Presentation of cutting-edge research that addresses the global burden of Cancer is at the heart of the Symposium. NCI is currently accepting abstracts to join a poster session exhibiting outstanding work addressing this need.

Guidelines: Abstracts will be submitted online and are to contain no more than 2500 characters describing research objectives, materials and methods, results, and conclusions. The review process will be competitive, so successful applicants will be required to highlight the significance of their work in a clear and concise manner.

Travel Awards: NCI will sponsor up to three travel awards (covering airfare and hotel for two nights) to participants from low- and middle-income countries, as indicated by the World Bank. Travel award decisions will be primarily based on reviewer rankings of the abstracts.

Submission: All abstracts should be submitted online

Important Dates:
Friday, February 7th 5pm EST - Online abstract submission deadline.
Friday, February 28th – Notification of acceptance/rejection and poster specifications sent to authors of accepted work.
Friday, March 7th – Notification of Travel Awards.              

REBLAC/RINC Pathology and Biobanking Workshop –Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

December 10-12, 2013

The Red de Institutos Nacionales de Cáncer (RINC) hosts the Center for Global Health’s United States-Latin America Cancer Research Network (US-LA CRN) at the REBLAC (Red de Biobancos de Latinoamerica e Caribe)/RINC Pathology and Biobanking Workshop, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 10-12, 2013.  

Key objectives of the RINC are to promote the exchange of information and knowledge, to identify common interests, and to search for alternatives that can be shared, with regard to cancer control.  The three day workshop joined members of RINC, REBLAC, and US-LA CRN in a series of discussions and roundtables on the topics of pathology, biobanking, and clinical research to explore best practices, quality control and quality assurance, and standard operating procedures.  

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.