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Toward a Diverse and Inclusive Global Cancer Research Workforce

London Global Cancer Week

November 18, 2021 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Virtual Conference

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The National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health (CGH) hosted a session in collaboration with London Global Cancer Week(LGCW) 2021.

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Session Overview

There are unique opportunities to advance cancer knowledge by including diverse populations and geographical settings in cancer research. This requires a diverse and inclusive research workforce who can ask and answer questions that are important locally and globally. This webinar will explore the importance of a diverse and inclusive global cancer research workforce as a critical enabling factor for equitable global cancer control.

The session will start with an overview of global cancer research training and how it fits into global cancer control, followed by examples highlighting global cancer research training in practice. The session will include discussions about mentored research training models and how to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusivity in global cancer research training. 


Part 1: NCI Perspective/Goals in Global Cancer Research Training

Topics may include:

  • Pursuing cancer research education
  • Establishing a career in cancer research
  • Leading/mentoring research teams
headshot photo of Dr. Satish Gopal, NCI Center for Global Health, Director.


Satish Gopal, M.D., MPH
Director, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, USA






Sudha Sivaram, Dr.PH, MPH
Program Director, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute, USA


Part 2: Mentored Research Training Experiences & How to Achieve Diversity Equity and Inclusivity in Global Cancer Research and Training

Interactive dialogue between panelists and live polling facilitated by Satish Gopal M.D., MPH and Sudha Sivaram, Dr.PH, MPH



    headshot of Lifang Hou

    Lifang Hou, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
    Director, Institute for Global Health - Center for Global Health Northwestern University, USA

    headshot of Dr. Mamoudou Maiga

    Mamoudou Maiga, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Sciences, Techniques & Technologies of Bamako, Bamako, Mali
    Research Associate Professor, Northwestern University, USA

    Dr. Simone Badal

    Simone Badal McCreath, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Senior Lecturer & Anticancer Researcher, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching & Research Complex
    The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

    headshot of Graciela R. Meza Sánchez

    Graciela R. Meza Sánchez, M.D., MPH
    Médica y Profesora Asociada de Medicina, Dirección Regional de Salud de Loreto, Facultad de Medicina Humana, Universidad Nacional de Amazonía Peruana (UNAP), Iquitos, Perú