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In an effort to fulfill our mission to advance global cancer research, we sponsor a number of global health events for both national and international audiences. Although events vary by region and topic, they all focus on the open exchange of scientific knowledge.

Upcoming Events

Cervical Cancer Control Workshop 2016

August 23, 2016
Location: Lima, Peru

The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) partnered with the Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences to hold the APEC Regional Workshop on Enabling Sustainable Economic Advancement for Women through Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Beijing, China in August 2014.The meeting improved Asia-Pacific public health officials’ knowledge about state-of-the-science and best practices in cervical cancer prevention and control, and recommendations for progress on addressing cervical cancer in APEC economies were developed. At the APEC Senior Officials Meeting 3 held one year later in the Philippines, the cervical cancer recommendations were approved by the APEC Health Working Group.

On August 23, 2016, NCI is partnering with the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásticas in APEC host country, Peru, to hold a second workshop focused on developing strategies for the implementation of the APEC cervical cancer recommendations. Some expected outcomes from this workshop include the development of a roadmap for implementing the cervical cancer recommendations in APEC economies that includes specific action steps regarding cervical cancer prevention and control, and engagement of economies of non-APEC Latin American countries.

International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics 

September 1-30, 2016
Location: Bethesda, MD

The International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics is being hosted at NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, USA from Sept. 1st  to 30th, 2016.  NIH Institutes and Centers including: NIDCD, NIDCR, NEI, NHLBI, NIMHD, NINR and FIC; as well as the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and profit and non-profit partners are participating in the NIH wide training program. Applications for the month-long training program from qualified candidates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) are being invited now. The application period is open now and will remain open until all seats are filled.  

An International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics will help resource-poor countries build their knowledge base in genetics and genomics, and reduce the disparities in health, scientific knowledge and technologies between the developed and developing nations. Scientists, clinicians and health professionals will interact with experts in the field, establish collaborations and networks that will help them address their public health challenges and decrease the impact of genetic diseases in their nations.

For more information on the program, and to learn how to apply, please click on the following link:

2016 World Cancer Congress Master Courses

October 31, 2016
Location: Paris, France

Applications are currently being accepted for participation in the 2016 World Cancer Congress Master Courses. In coordination with the Union for International Cancer Control and the International Cancer Control Partnership, CGH has developed two master courses that will each consist of six webinars beginning in Summer 2016, and will culminate in a one-day, in-person workshop on October 31, 2016 in Paris, France at the 2016 World Cancer Congress.

Master Course N°3: Cancer Control Planning and Implementation: This Master Course is targeted to professionals in all regions of the world and from multiple sectors who are interested in strengthening their country’s cancer control planning efforts. Participants with a range of experience in cancer control planning are encouraged to participate to maximize the benefit of the information-exchange component of the course.

Master Course N°4: Dissemination and Implementation Science Research in Cancer Control: This Master Course is targeted at investigators from low and middle-income countries working in cancer prevention and control. It will provide an introduction the field of implementation science and lay the groundwork for developing implementation science research proposals.

The deadline for applications is April 10, 2016. For additional information on these courses, or course registration and eligibility, please visit


Past Events

Pre-Application Webinar for funding opportunity: Planning for Regional Centers of Research Excellence in Non-Communicable Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 August 23, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

The NCI hosted a public webinar for investigators interested in applying to the P30 NCD RCRE Program, RFA CA15-007.  Download the slides shared during the webinar; the transcript and updated FAQs will be released shortly.

Asia-Pacific Cancer Control Leadership Forum II

March 18, 2016
Location: Singapore

The beginning of the second phase of the International Cancer Control Leadership Forum program was held in Singapore. Countries that participated in either the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Southeast Asia Cancer Control Leadership Forum (held April 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) or the Pacific Cancer Control Leadership Forum (held in December 2014 in Melbourne, Australia) reconvened to share progress, challenges, and identify solutions and advance actions related to development and implementation of national cancer control plans.

The Leadership Forum Follow-up Meeting was organized by NCI, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and the International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP). The Forum follow-up meeting was held in conjunction with The Economist Events’ “The War on Cancer: Who Pays?” Forum, on March 17, 2016 at which 2-3 high-level VIPs from each country also participated. In addition, our team coordinated with other related regional efforts including the Asia-Pacific Cancer Leaders' Summit & Asian Pacific Organization for Cancer Prevention 8th General Assembly, held in Brisbane, Australia on April 13-15, 2015. These meetings built on one another to help strengthen cancer control broadly in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Leadership Forum Follow-up Meeting focused on issues related to the capacity of countries to effectively develop and implement a national cancer control plan, and built on the concepts presented during the first Leadership Forum, as well as current challenges identified by participating countries. Countries included: Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research

April 8, 2016
Location: San Francisco, California

The 4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research was co-sponsored by the Center for Global Health (CGH), Stanford University, University of California – San Francisco, Global Oncology, Inc. (GO), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). The Symposium is an annual event, since 2013, that aims to promote the exchange of scientific findings, best practices, and innovations in global cancer research. In addition, Symposium participants work to identify potential geographic and scientific areas for collaboration and to develop strategic priorities related to cancer research focused on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Highly interactive discussions covered a range of topics, fostered network building, and were geared toward developing action items for advancing global cancer research priorities. The focus of the 2016 meeting was innovative and low-cost cancer-related technologies.

The International Conference on Betel Quid and Areca Nut

April 27-28, 2016
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The US National Cancer Institute, Center for Global Health, in partnership with the MD Anderson Cancer Center at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the Oral Cancer Research and Coordinating Center at The University of Malaya, hosted The International Conference on Betel Quid and Areca Nut in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 27-28, 2016.

The International Conference on Betel Quid and Areca Nut identified research priorities and priority research questions regarding understanding the impact of use of areca nut and betel quid, both with and without tobacco, and all its variants, addiction issues, and the associated cancers and other oral health issues, specifically cancers of the lip, mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus.  Additionally , the conference identified evidence-based strategies for prevention and control; shared research findings; highlighted particular examples of the translation of evidence to policy; built a network of researchers and stimulated new research in the field; stimulated capacity to do research among researchers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); and explored intervention strategies, such as e –health/m-health; explored dissemination and implementation of various policy interventions, and scope of public health programs.

The topics relevant for abstract submission included 1) Basic Biology, Patterns of Use and Epidemiology of Betel Quid/Areca Nut related cancers; 2) Biology of Addiction and Use of Betel Quid and Areca Nut; 3) Behavioral Factors in Addiction and Dependence of Betel Quid and Areca Nut; 4) Prevention and Control of Areca Nut and Betel Quid Use (including Cessation); 5) Screening and Early Detection for Areca Nut and Betel Quid- Related Cancers; and 6) Policy and Economic Impacts of Betel Quid and Areca Nut Use.

CGH Celebrates World Cancer Day 2016

CGH celebrated World Cancer Day 2016 on February 4th, joining the global effort to raise awareness that 'We can. I can.' take action to help prevent and reduce the global burden of cancer. Read more about how CGH is working to support this effort.

CISNET Program Webinar – International Activities

February 1, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

A special presentation webinar highlighted the international work of the CISNET program. CISNET is a consortium of NCI-sponsored investigators who use statistical modeling to improve our understanding of cancer control interventions in prevention, screening, and treatment and their effects on population trends in incidence and mortality. The presentation included an overview of the program, followed by presentations on CISNET’s international modeling activities.

AORTIC 2015 – 10th International Conference on Cancer in Africa

November 18-22, 2015
Location: Marrakech, Morocco

The Center for Global Health (CGH) and Global Oncology, Inc. (GO) presented the Global Cancer Project Map (GCPM) at AORTIC 2015 - 10th International Conference on Cancer in Africa. The GCPM was developed through a partnership between CGH and GO, and is an online resource that displays global cancer research and cancer control projects on an interactive world map.  Launching an Interactive Cancer Projects Map: A Collaborative Approach to Global Cancer Research and Program Development will be featured during the poster session, and a series of live demonstrations of GCPM were held throughout the conference at booths #23 & 24. The poster session and demos offered an opportunity to introduce the GCPM to an international audience of oncologists and cancer control partners.

Other CGH programs were highlighted during sponsored sessions, including Implementation Research; Pediatric Oncology Partnerships; and BIG CAT.  Joining Forces to Overcome Cancer: The Kenya Cancer Research and Control Stakeholder Meeting Experience was presented during the conference poster session. 

  • Updated: April 30, 2015