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Women's College hosts authors meeting for a new Lancet series

June 30, 2015

In early June, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, hosted an international group of oncologists, global health and policy experts to discuss the new series she is leading for The Lancet on health, equity and women’s cancers. The series was commissioned by the journal to spark new interdisciplinary collaborations and to make progress in closing the global cancer divide for women.

"Breast and cervical cancer are the most common cancers in women worldwide, but the majority of women who die of these cancers live in developing countries,” says Dr. Ginsburg. “Most of these deaths are premature and preventable. We hope our forthcoming series in The Lancet will advance progress in this neglected area of global health.”

Dr. Ginsburg convened the two-day meeting, which was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). The co-authors came together to discuss work in progress and to ensure cohesive messaging among the three papers that will comprise the series. The participants included experts in women’s health; medical, surgical and radiation oncology; health economics; gender equity; and cancer policy from across North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

“It was fantastic to have everyone here,” says Dr. Ginsburg. “We also had two colleagues who could not make it in person but were able to Skype into the meeting from Bangkok, Thailand and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.”

The meeting included brief presentations from some of the collaborators to provide an overview of the global burden and impact of women’s cancers and issues related to health equity, followed by group discussions to build consensus on the core elements of each paper.

During the visit, one of the series authors, Dr. Verna Vanderpuye, an oncologist from Accra, Ghana, also presented at WCH’s Medical Grand Rounds on the topic of cancer management in Ghana and the need to adapt evidence-based guidelines for low-resource regions. To see a video of the presentation, click here.

To learn more about The Lancet Series on Health, Equity and Women’s Cancers, visit http://globalwomenscancers.com/

Women’s cancer collaborative meets at Women’s College Hospital 
Alex Eniu, Senior Medical Oncologist, Cancer Institute "Ion Chiricuta", Romania; Allison Dvaladze, Program Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Karen Yeates, Associate Professor, Queen’s University; Jessica Sleeth, Program Manager, Queens University; Malabika Sarker, Professor, BRAC University, Bangladesh; Verna Vanderpuye, Radiation Oncologist, Khorle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana; Lesong Conteh, Imperial College London, UK; Ophira Ginsburg, Scientist, WCRI; Sulma Mohammed, Associate Professor, Purdue University; Julie Grawlow, Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine; Rani Kotha, Senior Strategist, Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation, University of Toronto; Carolyn Taylor, President/Founder, Global Focus on Cancer; and Michel Coleman, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK (not in photo: Richard Sullivan, Professor, Kings College London, UK; Dominista Kombe, Oncologist, Ocean Road Cancer Centre, Tanzania; and Freddie Bray, Section Head, International Agency for Research on Cancer, France).
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