EMBLEM Meeting at AORTIC, Durban South Africa, 21 Nov 2013

Selected EMBLEM investigators joined more than 1000 scientists from 66 countries (including 32 of the 54 countries in Africa) in Durban, South Africa to participate in the ninth biannual meeting of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) from November 21st to 24th, 2013. Held in the historic Albert Luthuli International Convention Center, the theme of the meeting was “Cancer in Africa: Bridging Science and Humanity”.

The meeting, one of the best organized by AORTIC, included plenary and workshop sessions with up to five concurrent sessions covering epidemiology, pathogenesis, molecular studies and innovative therapeutic strategies. The meeting had a strong emphasis on capacity building, including presentations from two cohorts of the BIG CAT grants from the National Cancer Institute.

EMBLEM investigators participated in a well-attended one-day pre-conference workshop that focused on Burkitt Lymphoma research in East Africa. Speakers covered topics spanning from epidemiology, clinical outcomes and immunology studies of BL. In addition, plenary talks covered principles of cancer registration, capacity building, scientific publication, and collaborative research through a consortium.

Communicated by Esther Kawira

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EMBLEM at AORTIC – Durban 2013

Franco Buonaguro

Dr Buonaguro is the Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Agents and Cancer. He is currently the Director of Molecular Biology and Viral Oncology Unit, in the Department of Experimental Oncology at the Natl Cancer Institute “Fondazione Pascale”, Naples - Italy.

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