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Infect Agent Cancer. 2014 Sep 11;9:32. doi: 10.1186/1750-9378-9-32. eCollection 2014.

Burkitt lymphoma research in East Africa: highlights from the 9(th) African organization for research and training in cancer conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2013.

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1
State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, New York, NY, USA.
2
University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.
3
EMBLEM Study, St. Mary's Hospital, Lacor, Uganda.
4
EMBLEM Study, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya.
5
EMBLEM Study, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.
6
EMBLEM Study, Shirati Health Education and Development (SHED) Foundation, Shirati, Tanzania.
7
Bugando Medical Center, Mwanza, Tanzania.
8
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kisumu, Kenya.
9
Westat, Inc, Rockville, MD, USA.
10
University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.
11
Instituto Nazionale Tumori, Naples, Italy.
12
University of York, Heslington, York, United Kingdom/Medical Research Council/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France.
13
National Institutes of Health/NCI/DCEG, 9609 Medical Center Dr, Rm. 6E118 MSC 9704, Bethesda, MD 20892-9704, USA.

Abstract

A one-day workshop on Burkitt lymphoma (BL) was held at the 9(th) African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) conference in 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The workshop featured 15 plenary talks by delegates representing 13 institutions that either fund or implement research on BL targeting AORTIC delegates primarily interested in pediatric oncology. The main outcomes of the meeting were improved sharing of knowledge and experience about ongoing epidemiologic BL research, BL treatment in different settings, the role of cancer registries in cancer research, and opportunities for African scientists to publish in scientific journals. The idea of forming a consortium of BL to improve coordination, information sharing, accelerate discovery, dissemination, and translation of knowledge and to build capacity, while reducing redundant efforts was discussed. Here, we summarize the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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