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Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Sep;22(9):1638-41. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-0655. Epub 2013 Jul 11.

Undertaking cancer research in international settings: report from the american society for preventive oncology special interest group on international issues in cancer.

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Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington, USA.


The mission of the American Society for Preventive Oncology Special Interest Group in International Issues in Cancer is to serve as a worldwide cancer prevention resource. At the 2013 annual meeting, we presented three early career investigators who conducted research with international collaborators as part of postdoctoral studies. We present a synopsis of each of the scientific presentations. The investigators also highlight useful strategies to encourage a more successful international collaboration, including seeking out existing collaborations between colleagues and international researchers, maintaining awareness and sensitivity of cultural norms, establishing clear communication about investigator roles and expectations, and persevering in the face of potential challenges due to the nature of these collaborations. Incorporation of these key elements could prove useful for researchers interested in pursuing cross-country projects.

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