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Center for Global Health Events

In an effort to fulfill the Center for Global Health’s mission of advancing global cancer research, the Center sponsors a number of global health events for both domestic and international audiences. Events vary by region and topic and all events focus on the open exchange of scientific knowledge.

Events are listed in reverse-chronological order.

Southeast Asia Cancer Control Leadership Forum

Date: March 31-April 2, 2014
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The goal of the Cancer Control Leadership Forum is to increase the capacity of participating countries to initiate or enhance cancer control efforts in order to decrease the burden of cancer in their respective countries. The Forum is a structured, outcomes-focused workshop in which countries learn about important aspects of cancer control planning and work on developing their respective national cancer control plans.

Contact: Brenda Kostelecky


The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) Symposium on Global Cancer Research

Date: May 9, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

The Symposium on Global Cancer Research, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), will be held the on May 9th, the day prior to the start of the 5th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference. The Symposium 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 develop strategic priorities related to cancer research focused on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). 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.  

Register for the Symposium. Registration is limited to 200 participants, so please register as soon as possible.

Note: Registration for the Symposium on Global Cancer Research is separate from registration for the 5th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference. Information on the CUGH Conference can be found here.



HPV Testing's Role in Reducing the Global Cervical Cancer Burden

Date: May 12-13, 2014
Location: Washington, D

The Center for Global Health of the U.S. National Cancer Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NCI/NIH) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) are hosting a meeting on HPV Testing's Role in Reducing the Global Cervical Cancer Burden.  The meeting will be held on May 12-13, 2014 at PAHO Headquarters in Washington, DC. The goal of this meeting is to identify potential collaborative strategies for large scale implementation of the HPV testing in low and middle income countries.

The objectives are:

  • To discuss the challenges and potential solutions associated with programmatic requirements for the implementation of HPV testing in low and middle income countries;
  • To identify potential  strategies for establishing an affordable price range of HPV diagnostic testing technology;
  • To identify potential collaborations with industry, national entities including Ministries of Health from Latin America and the Caribbean, NCI, PAHO, WHO, IARC, CDC, PATH, and others to scale-up HPV testing in targeted Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Contact: Amanda Fleming


Kenya Cancer Research and Control Stakeholder Meeting

Date: May 20-21, 2014
Location: Naivasha, Kenya

This workshop will focus on streamlining and coordinating in-country efforts related to cancer research, the training of researchers, pathology and cancer registries, community awareness and stigma, and the leveraging of existing health systems with the aim of decreasing the overall burden of cancer in Kenya.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To leverage the built infrastructure and relationships built by NCI and other US government agencies to further the aims of the MOH cancer control planning and implementation in Kenya;
  • To build on the networks of in-country contacts and create connections among external partners who have infrastructure needs; 
  • To integrate NCI and US government efforts into larger cancer control planning efforts prioritized by the MOH in Kenya.

Contact: Kalina Duncan


African Cancer Forum: Sponsored by AORTIC, ASCO & NCI (USA)

Date: May 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m. CT
Location: Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL

The forum will be held as an ancillary meeting during the 2014 ASCO conference. 

The objectives are:

  • Promote African cancer scientists, especially the new investigators; 
  • Highlight the projects of the AORTIC-NCI Beginning Investigator Grant for Catalytic (BIG CAT) awardees;
  • Feature active North American-Africa cancer research collaborations;
  • Provide a networking forum that will connect African investigators with cancer scientists in North America.

$750 Travel Awards are available to support two African delegates selected to present at the Forum. Scientific abstracts of not more than 250 words and request for travel support should be forwarded to

Please RSPV to by 30 April if you plan to attend the forum. All African delegates will be recognized to foster collaboration with cancer scientists in North America. More information is at


We-CAN Kenya Summit

Date: September 19-21, 2014
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

This is a meeting of patient advocates from East African countries with the following goals:

  • Develop goals and priorities for advocacy work;
  • Develop a regional East Africa network to promote collaboration;
  • Disseminate lessons learned from this workshop;
  • Develop an advocacy action plan,