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Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2014 May;11(5):251-9. doi: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2014.37. Epub 2014 Mar 11.

Building capacity for sustainable research programmes for cancer in Africa.

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1
Gynecologic Oncology Unit, Department of Obsterics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, PMB 5017, GPO, Ibadan, Nigeria.
2
National Institutes of Health, USA.
3
University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA.
4
National Cancer Institute, USA.
5
Institut National du Cancer, France.
6
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA.
7
Mansoura University, Egypt.
8
Suez Canal University, Egypt.
9
ARC-NET Cancer Research Centre, Italy.
10
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
11
University of Florida, USA.
12
Center for Global Health, USA.
13
African Cancer Registry Network, UK.
14
University of Pennsylvania, USA.
15
American Cancer Society, USA.
16
Instituto Nacional de Câncer, Brazil.
17
Union for International Cancer Control, Switzerland.
18
International Agency for Research on Cancer, France.
19
University of Warwick, UK.
20
University of Oxford, UK.

Abstract

Cancer research in Africa will have a pivotal role in cancer control planning in this continent. However, environments (such as those in academic or clinical settings) with limited research infrastructure (laboratories, biorespositories, databases) coupled with inadequate funding and other resources have hampered African scientists from carrying out rigorous research. In September 2012, over 100 scientists with expertise in cancer research in Africa met in London to discuss the challenges in performing high-quality research, and to formulate the next steps for building sustainable, comprehensive and multi-disciplinary programmes relevant to Africa. This was the first meeting among five major organizations: the African Organisation for Research and Training in Africa (AORTIC), the Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation (AfrOx), and the National Cancer Institutes (NCI) of Brazil, France and the USA. This article summarizes the discussions and recommendations of this meeting, including the next steps required to create sustainable and impactful research programmes that will enable evidenced-based cancer control approaches and planning at the local, regional and national levels.

PMID:
24614139
PMCID:
PMC4403794
DOI:
10.1038/nrclinonc.2014.37
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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