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    • NCI and WHO Renew Commitment to Collaboration through the WHO Collaborating Center for Global Cancer Control
      , by Doug Perin, J.D., M.P.H., and Kalina Duncan, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

      Following a re-designation in March 2024, the NCI WHO Collaborating Center for Global Cancer Control enters its third designation period, from 2024-2028. Doug Perin J.D., M.P.H., and Kalina Duncan, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., reflect on the accomplishments of this eight NCI-WHO year partnership and look towards a future of continued support for global cancer control efforts.

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    • Trainee Spotlight: Marriam Mponda, M.B.B.S.
      , by Marriam Mponda, M.B.B.S.

      Marriam Mponda, M.B.B.S., is a doctor and scholar studying clinical oncology, to develop the skills and expertise needed to improve the lives of people impacted by cancer. Through her studies and participation in research with UNC Project Malawi, Dr. Mponda is realizing her dreams of advancing cancer research and care in her home country of Malawi.

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    • Changing the Trajectory of the Global Tobacco Epidemic
      , by Mark Parascandola, Ph.D., M.P.H.

      Friday, May 31st is World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an annual day dedicated to fighting the global tobacco epidemic. In recognition of WNTD 2024, Dr. Mark Parascandola charts the trajectory of the global tobacco epidemic and current global efforts for tobacco control. This year, WNTD is committed to protecting youth from tobacco industry interference.

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    • Global Forum Strengthens Commitments Towards Cervical Cancer Elimination
      , by Julia Gage, Ph.D., M.P.H.

      Dr. Julia Gage reflects on the significant commitments made towards cervical cancer prevention and control at the Global Cervical Cancer Elimination Forum in Cartagena, Colombia. This forum convened governments, international health organizations, and civil society members devoted to the acceleration of global cervical cancer elimination efforts.

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    • Trainee Spotlight: Asteria Kimambo, M.D., M.Med.

      Dr. Asteria Kimambo is a scholar with a strong commitment to improving the quality of cancer screening and diagnostic services through locally relevant implementation research. As part of a cancer research training program in Tanzania (D43), Dr. Kimambo studies the cost-effectiveness of fine-needle aspiration biopsy for cancer diagnostics. She aims to create a reproducible resource-adapted intervention strategy to address challenges for cancer care in Tanzania and globally.

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    • Cathy Muha, Branch Director and Dedicated Public Servant, Retires
      , by Annette Galassi and Kalina Duncan

      Cathy Muha, R.N., M.S.N. retires after 37 years of dedicated service to the National Cancer Institute. The Center for Global Health (CGH) recognizes Cathy as an exemplary public servant and a pillar at the CGH for the last 10 years. Cathy, an oncology nurse by training, has demonstrated a profound commitment to improving the lives of people with cancer worldwide.

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    • International Women's Day 2024
      , by Ophira Ginsburg, M.D., M.Sc. and Elise Garton, M.Sc.

      In celebration of International Women's Day, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg and Elise Garton discuss the formation of The Lancet Commission on Women, Power, and Cancer, its interdisciplinary team, and the publication of the commission's first report in The Lancet journal. The commission has had remarkable achievements over the past year and hopes to progress towards even more equality for women in cancer care and research at next year’s International Women’s Day!

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    • World Cancer Day 2024: Reflection, Recalibration, and Tremendous Opportunities to Close the Care Gap
      , by Satish Gopal, M.D., M.P.H.

      On this year's World Cancer Day, Dr. Satish Gopal reflects on our many accomplishments, discusses the need to review and recalibrate strategic priorities, and looks ahead with tremendous excitement about continued progress to successfully meet our shared goals and close the care gap around the world.

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    • Juneteenth: Delayed Freedom, Delayed Justice – Delayed Screening, Treatment and Survival
      , by Guest Author - Melissa B. Davis, Ph.D., Director, Institute of Translational Genomic Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine

      Dr. Melissa Davis discusses parallels of the history surrounding Juneteenth and how these and similar events of slavery and colonialism have contributed to the current and persistent state of cancer health disparities globally. From education to legal and even throughout medical systems, delays in action toward human rights and justice against inhumanity have ultimately manifested as disparities in poor health outcomes.  

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    • Cancer Knows No Borders – Celebrating Tripartite Cooperation to Enhance Cancer Research
      , by Prof. Mark Lawler, Ph.D., FRCPath

      The Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium has done so much for cancer research and cancer care on the island of Ireland. The Consortium grew out of the Good Friday Agreement. As we now mark the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, it is instructive to look back over the last two and half decades through the prism of cancer.

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