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National Institute on Minority Healthy and Health Disparities

National Institute on Minority Healthy and Health Disparities is providing a research opportunity for post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or individuals in similar early stage research career positions. The organization will host the Health Disparities Research Institute from June 23-27, 2018. The program will aim to assist the support the research career development of promising minority health and healthy disparities. It will also provide lectures, mock grant review, seminars, small group discussion on research relevant to minority health and health disparities with NIH scientific staff.

The due date for submitting an application is April 27th, 2018 (5 PM EST). Read the article…

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Partnering to Transform Global Cancer Care: a Reception

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The International Cancer Expert Corps Board of Directors is hosting a series of receptions throughout the year to introduce the work of the organization to interested individuals. Our second reception will be held on October 5, 2016, in New York City and offers the opportunity to learn more about our efforts to improve global cancer care.

Partnering to Transform Global Cancer Care Reception     

The New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South
New York, New York
October 5, 2016  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM

RSVP REQUIRED – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Speakers include:
Norman Coleman, MD, DSc (h.c.) FASTRO
Senior Scientific Advisor to ICEC

Nelson Chao, MD
Donald D. and Elizabeth G. Cooke Professor
Chief, Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy/BMT
Director, Global Cancer, Duke University

John “Mac” Longo, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin, Radiation Oncology 
“Walking Forward” South Dakota, National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)

Onyinye Balogun, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Global Health Programs in Armenia and Gabon

Silvia C. Formenti, MD 
Chair of Radiation Oncology,
Weill Cornell Medical College
Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Guests must RSVP for security purposes. RSVP by clicking this link, or send an email to development@iceccancer.org or call 301-461-3420.

The ICEC is offering the opportunity for individuals, corporations, professional societies and organizations to underwrite the costs of these receptions and to support our ongoing efforts. If interested, please complete the mail-in donation form or donate online below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our development team at development@iceccancer.org, or our Chief Operations Officer Nina Wendling via email at nina.wendling@iceccancer.org or by phone at 301-461-3420.

ICEC Board of Directors From left to right: Norm Coleman, Harmar Brereton, Monique Mansoura, David Kramer, Donna O'Brien, David Pistenmaa, Larry Roth, Nina Wendling, Richard Slowinski (Baker & McKenzie) and Barry Alperin. Missing: Bhadrasain Vikram, Nelson Chao, Daniel Petereit, Tim Williams and Sylvia Formenti

ICEC Board of Directors From left to right: Norm Coleman, Harmar Brereton, Monique Mansoura, David Kramer, Donna O’Brien, David Pistenmaa, Larry Roth, Nina Wendling, Richard Slowinski (Baker & McKenzie) and Barry Alperin. Missing: Bhadrasain Vikram, Nelson Chao, Daniel Petereit, Tim Williams and Sylvia Formenti

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Palliative Pain Relief Woefully Inadequate Worldwide

Palliative care is medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms of a serious illness. The goal of such care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family as palliation can relieve patients from the pain of terminal disease, such as cancer. In 2015, there were roughly 25.5 million people who died without having access to pain control. Another 35.5 million people who survived their illness did not have access to palliative care. Can one imagine living through advanced stages of cancer without having pain control? This article addresses a real life example of how a patient ended his own life because of the pain. The majority of these people lived in developing regions that still do not have access to effective medical treatments. It is important to address this global issue and for people facing a cancer diagnosis, provide access to critical radiation therapy for both curative and palliative intent. Read the article…

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Partnering to Transform Global Cancer Care Reception

ICEC Board of Directors 2016

ICEC Board of Directors From left to right: Norm Coleman, Harmar Brereton, Monique Mansoura, David Kramer, Donna O’Brien, David Pistenmaa, Larry Roth, Nina Wendling, Richard Slowinski (Baker & McKenzie) and Barry Alperin. Missing: Bhadrasain Vikram, Nelson Chao, Daniel Petereit, Tim Williams and Sylvia Formenti

 

On June 1, 2016, the International Cancer Expert Corps Board of Directors hosted the first in a series of receptions, “Partnering to Transform Global Cancer Care” at the law offices of Baker & McKenzie, LLP in Washington, DC. The purpose of the event series is to introduce the efforts of the organization to friends and colleagues in the corporate, scientific, governmental and philanthropic communities.  The venue, perched just above Lafayette Park overlooking the White House, the Washington Monument, and the Jefferson Memorial, served as an idyllic setting for the ICEC’s first of several introductory gatherings.

This well-attended event, made possible through the generous support of Baker &McKenzie, LLP and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Ontario, attracted a broad range of individuals. Attendees included representatives from the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital- Taiwan (CGMH), Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), National Nuclear Security Administration, National Cancer Institute (NCI) and many others. Many of the organizations represented at the reception are listed below. The evening was highlighted by a short program which included overviews of several programs focused on global health. Keith Martin, MD, the Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) reflected on the importance of collaborations in efforts to make substantive improvements in global health initiatives. The CUGH is located in Washington, DC and is a stalwart supporter of the ICEC.

Daniel G. Petereit, MD, of the John Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota, shared his experiences as the Principal Investigator of the community-based participatory research program, “Walking Forward” in western South Dakota. The program is funded by the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) and lauded as an exemplary program proving that high-quality mentoring networks do improve both access to, and the quality of care delivered to indigenous populations in underserved areas.

Lastly, Dr. Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH, one of ICEC’s Early Career Leaders and an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the principle lead for the Botswana-UPENN partnership, highlighted many of the successes and challenges she has faced while developing an oncology program in Gaborone, Botswana. Though she has experienced many trials and tribulations, her efforts and the efforts of others have served as a catalyst to make a significant difference in the delivery of cancer care in Sub-Saharan Africa.

ICEC will host the next reception in October 2016 in New York City. Details will be posted on the ICEC website. To attend or to sponsor an upcoming event, or for more information on the 2016 ICEC Partnering to Transform Global Cancer Care reception schedule, please contact ICEC at development@iceccancer.org.

June 1, 2016, Reception – Organizations Represented
Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre (AFNIGC)
American Cancer Society
American Indian “Walking Forward” Program
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington
Baker & McKenzie, LLP
Bethesda Systems
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital- Taiwan (CGMH)
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Dana-Farber Global Cancer Medicine
Dartmouth Medical School
Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration
Duke University
Hughes Network Systems
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins SOM
Medical College of Wisconsin
Metro State University of Denver
National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
National Cancer Institute, Radiation Research Program
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
SBK Partnership, LLC
Seqirus
Strategic Visions in Healthcare, LLC
The Commonwealth Medical School
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus
University of Pennsylvania
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Upgrading Radiotherapy Services in Moldova

Moldova, a country of nearly 3 million people, is confronted with more than 11,000 new cancer cases a year, many of which are diagnosed at late stage and therefore often have direr prognoses for cure.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is working with Moldova to introduce new technologies and build workforce capacity to improve quality assurance in nuclear medicine, radio-diagnostics and radiotherapy. The country’s nuclear medicine diagnostics capabilities had become obsolete and were not functioning due to a lack of funds for refurbishment and upgrades resulting in the need to terminate these diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.

Fortunately, over the last decade and through the good works of the IAEA, the Agency has provided expert, financial and educational support to enable authorities to upgrade their nuclear medicine units and have cancer patients undergo radiotherapy at the newly equipped Institute of Oncology and the Republican Clinical Hospital, in Chisinau.  Read more about this effort…

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Bridging the Gap: working to bring state-of-the-art radiation therapy to challenging environments

The International Cancer Expert Corps, in a cooperative effort with CERN and the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council STFC, is undertaking an initiative to develop innovative, robust and affordable medical linear accelerators for use in low- to middle-income countries.  The article, “Bridging the Gap”, January 15, 2018, CERN COURIER, outlines the history of this project including the recent participation of representatives from Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries in an effort to ensure their particular needs regarding power systems, safety, operability and maintenance are addressed. Read the article…

Participating individuals from ICEC, CERN and STFC, along with experts in accelerator design, medical physics and oncology,  convened in late March, in Manchester, England near the STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory to review the program status and plan for the next phase of development. Watch this space for updates.

 

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The Cancer Threat to Africa’s Future

While significant progress has been made in halting the spread of communicable diseases in Africa, rates of non-communicable illnesses, especially cancers, are rising. With just 5% of global funding for cancer prevention spent in Africa, a new global strategy is needed to help manage a looming health crisis. Dan Milner provides insight into the efforts of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and how the organization, along with others, are working to address this potential catastrophe.  Read more