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CGH Spotlight Blog

This blog features content and images to showcase the great work from the Center for Global Health.

    • 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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    • Reflections on Emerging Research: Beauty Products and Potential Cancer Risk Among Women of African Descent
      , by Dalana Johnson, MPH, Julia Gage, PhD, MPH, Fatou Jallow, PhD, Taylor Ladson, MPH, Vidya Vedham, PhD, Erinma Elibe, MPH

      Recent research suggests that some commercial beauty products may have harmful effects, including increased cancer risk. As Black History Month comes to a close, we want to highlight this growing area of cancer research that has potential importance for women of African descent across the globe.

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    • World Cancer Day 2023: United We're Stronger
      , by Satish Gopal, M.D. M.P.H.

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    • LGCW 2022: Utilizing Cancer Research Funding Data to Inform Action and Drive Collaboration
      , by Leshia Hansen, R.N., M.P.H.

      As part of 2022 London Global Cancer Week (LGCW), NCI’s Center for Global Health (CGH) hosted a session dedicated to efforts to map and track global cancer research and research funding through the International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP), Worldview (formerly World RePORT), the WHO Global Observatory on Health Research and Development, and the NCI/CGH Global Oncology Survey of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers.

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    • World AIDS Day: Focusing the Lens on Equity for HIV-Associated Cancers - the Case of Kaposi Sarcoma
      , by Esther Freeman, M.D., Ph.D, Sigrid Collier, M.D., M.P.H., Aggrey Semeere, MBChB, MMed

      This December 1st, World AIDS Day 2022, is a chance to reflect on the global burden of HIV/AIDS, the lives, lost, and the advances of science and community in the four decades of the epidemic. This year’s theme “Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV “ emphasizes accountability and action, and puts the spotlight on equity.

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