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Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (ASGCR)

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Dr. Chemtai Mungo (top left) and Elizabeth F. Msoka-Bright (bottom right) present during the Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Session, moderated by Linsey Eldridge (top right) and Dr. Carl Allen (bottom left).

Credit: NCI


The Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (ASGCR) is the flagship meeting of NCI’s Center for Global Health (CGH), bringing people in global oncology together to discuss trends in global cancer research and control and map out collaborative efforts to move the field forward.


ASGCR is held every year as a preconference satellite meeting to the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s annual conference. Its goal is to increase recognition of global oncology as an important focus area within global health and reduce the burden of cancer worldwide. It does this by: 

  • bringing together researchers, clinicians, program implementers, and advocates 
  • providing an opportunity for real-time dissemination of evidence for collaborative cancer research and control, with a focus on highlighting work happening in and led by low- and middle-income countries 
  • hosting discussions about how to apply evidence in cancer control measures 
  • listening to the needs of the on-the-ground research community to help NCI develop programs and set priorities 
  • highlighting early-career investigators working in low- and middle-income countries for recognition opportunities and leadership development to advance careers and mentorships 
  • presenting the Rachel Pearline Award to outstanding professionals for their excellence in global cancer research and practice focused in low- and middle-income countries 
  • building networks to diversify the field of global oncology, including from a steadily growing attendance of non-oncology global health experts   

How to Connect

Visit the ASGCR website to learn more about ASGCR 2022. 

Submit your scientific abstract for presentation and publication at ASGCR 2022. 

Nominate an outstanding leader in the global cancer field for the Rachel Pearline Award.


Since 2012, CGH hosts ASGCR in collaboration with global oncology leads at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and other partners in global cancer research and control. 

Since 2016, in collaboration with the family of Rachel Pearline, M.D., M.P.H., ASGCR presents the award named in her memory.  

 In 2021, leadership of the ASGCR steering committee expanded to include NCI-Designated Cancer Centers’ international collaborators. Continued efforts will be made in coming years to ensure leadership is equally representative of the global cancer community that ASGCR serves.