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Global Health Events

In an effort to fulfill our mission to advance global cancer research, the Center for Global Health sponsors and participates in 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

The 9th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (Virtual)

March 10-11, 2021
Symposium Event Site

The National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health is working in partnership with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center;  Baylor College of Medicine Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center; Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University; American Society of Clinical Oncology; and American Association for Cancer Research to host the 9th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (ASGCR2021) virtually on March 10-11, 2021, preceding the 12th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. Registration for the Symposium is free of charge and will open on or about January 11, 2021. Visit the Symposium event site for more information about registration and check back for the latest on the Symposium agenda, speakers, scientific abstracts, and the 6th Annual Rachel Pearline Award.

Past Events

International Collaboration to Advance Global Cancer Research: The US National Cancer Institute Perspective 

Friday, November 20, 2020, 8:30 AM ET

As part of London Global Cancer Week 2020, this webinar showcased examples of global cancer research partnerships and collaborations from the US National Cancer Institute perspective. The session began with an overview of the new mission, vision, and goals of the US National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health (CGH) as laid out by Dr. Satish Gopal. In addition, the session included unique viewpoints on building global cancer research collaborations as outlined by NIH-funded cancer researchers and trainees from different regions of the world. The presentations highlighted different aspects of partnership-building to advance global cancer research, lessons learned, and recommendations. Presentation slides are available upon request. For additional information about this event and to view the recorded session, visit the London Global Cancer Week website.  

The Evolving Global Tobacco Epidemic

November 16, 2020, 11:00 AM ET
Watch Recorded Webinar 

CGH Branch Chief Dr. Mark Parascandola served as the keynote speaker of the Fred Hutch Global Oncology Virtual Lecture Series and presented “The Evolving Global Tobacco Epidemic.” While tobacco use is declining in most high-income countries, the burden is shifting to low- and middle-income countries where over 80% of tobacco users now reside. Smoking prevalence remains comparatively low in some regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, but is projected to increase with increased economic development and tobacco industry marketing. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has provided a legal mechanism to advance evidence-based tobacco control policies in countries around the world. However, implementation of the FCTC remains far from complete. The global tobacco epidemic continues to pose a critical public health challenge in the face of changing circumstances, including the introduction of e-cigarettes and the COVID pandemic.  

Advancing the Field of Academic Global Oncology: Perspectives from the US NCI Global Oncology Survey of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers

November 5, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
Watch Recorded Webinar  

On Thursday, November 5, 2020 the American Society of Preventive Oncology's Global Cancer Research Special Interest Group hosted the webinar Advancing the Field of Academic Global Oncology: Perspectives from the US NCI Global Oncology Survey of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers, featuring speakers from NCI’s Center for Global Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. CGH Director Satish Gopal provided an overview of NCI and the mission and goals of the NCI Center for Global Health. CGH Acting Branch Chief for Partnerships and Dissemination Kalina Duncan presented the findings of the 2018-2019 Global Oncology Survey of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. The Q&A, moderated by Johns Hopkins’ Anne Rositch, covered topics such as defining ‘global oncology’ and global oncology programs, how the survey results have impacted NCI’s goals and priorities around future initiatives, and how Cancer Centers can build support for global oncology as a program and career path. CGH welcomes input from the global oncology community in designing the next global oncology survey, and are invited to contact Kalina Duncan: kalina.duncan@nih.gov

Trans-NCI-NIH Conference on International Perspectives on Integrative Medicine for Cancer Prevention and Cancer Patient Management

October 27-30, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NCI and NIH have decided to hold the Trans-NCI-NIH Conference on International Perspectives on Integrative Medicine for Cancer Prevention and Cancer Patient Management virtually. The new dates are October 27–30, 2020, and the meeting will run from approximately 8:30am-12:00pm (Eastern Time/ET) each day. View the draft agenda.

CGH Director moderates Project ECHO® COVID-19 Global Conversations: Cancer Care During COVID-19

Monday, September 21, 2020
Recording link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4STnwfF0ME&feature=youtu.be

On Monday, September 21, 2020 NCI Center for Global Health Director Satish Gopal, MD, MPH moderated a discussion with CS Pramesh, MBBS, MS, DNB, FRCS, Director, Tata Memorial Hospital, India, and Sharon Kapambwe, MBChB, MPH, Assistant Director, Cancer Control, Ministry of Health, Zambia, about country-level examples of managing disruptions to cancer care, cancer screening, and population-level programs in the COVID-19 pandemic. Participant-generated questions sparked a thought-provoking dialogue on the current challenges faced by countries at any resource level, as well as opportunities and facilitators for adaptation of pandemic-learned best practices that have the potential for further supporting cancer patients and providing long-term health system strengthening benefits. Recording link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4STnwfF0ME&feature=youtu.be.

8th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research - Webinar Series

June-August, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 8th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (ASGCR), scheduled for April 17, 2020, was not held as an in-person Symposium. We are pleased to announce that the ASGCR Scientific Steering Committee is partnered with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) to present some of the timely scientific content from the Symposium through the CUGH global health webinar series.

26 June
Breast Health Global Initiative Cancer Supplement Launch Webinar: Improving Breast Healthcare Through Resource-Stratified Phased Implementation
View the webinar recording.
10 July
8th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research - Selected Oral Abstract Presentations
View the webinar recording.
29 July
3-Part Series: Global Efforts to Reduce the Burden of Cervical Cancer: What Will it Take?
Session One: Overview of the global initiatives in cervical cancer control
Access Session One  presentation slides or view the webinar recording.
05 August
3-Part Series: Global Efforts to Reduce the Burden of Cervical Cancer: What Will it Take?
Session Two: Latest scientific advances, tools, and approaches to address cervical cancer control at the country-level
Access Session Two presentation slides or view the webinar recording.
12 August
3-Part Series: Global Efforts to Reduce the Burden of Cervical Cancer: What Will it Take?
Session Three: Ensuring effective implementation of cervical cancer prevention and control strategies
Access Session Three presentation slides or view the webinar recording.

Academic Global Oncology Meeting

25th June, 2020 | 10:00-11:30AM US ET | Meeting Link
Co-hosted by NCI Center for Global Health and ASCO

Meeting Objective: To convene academic global oncology professionals and partners to discuss topics pertinent to strengthening the field of academic global oncology, and supporting a strategic approach to the development of academic global oncology collaborations. The first meeting was held alongside the 2019 ASCO Conference. Due to the move to a virtual meeting for ASCO 2020, this side meeting will be held as a webinar co-hosted by the NCI Center for Global Health and ASCO. Link to meeting agenda here

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