INCTR's International Meeting 2014

INCTR Meeting 2014: Cancer Control in the 21st Century

A date for this meeting has not yet been set

INCTR holds a meeting every 2 years for its Branches and members. At the meeting, short reports of ongoing projects and other activities are given (reports are available at the INCTR Faculty Members and Ongoing Projects website), and awards are given for outstanding work in the context of cancer in developing countries. In addition, one or two themes are selected. This year, one theme will be "Cancer Control in Latin America" and the other, more of a question - "How can INCTR be of maximum value to countries with low levels of development." New opportunities are developing, particularly in the fields of communications and informatics that will enable our colleagues who work in countries with limited resources to have much more access to information about cancer and non-communicable diseases, and to strengthen and develop their health services to deal with these diseases, which, for all except the poorest countries, are the major cause (63%%) of global mortality. Please watch this page as the draft program develops and register early for the meeting.

To Register for this meeting, go to Brazil 2014 Registration

Local Host and Organizing Committee
Sidnei and Claudia Epelman

International Scientific Committee
Sidnei Epelman, Raj Shah, Ian Magrath, Pierre Bey, Lorenzo Leoncini, Martine Raphael, Max Parkin, Carlos Gil Ferreira, Claudia Epelman


Day 1


9 am-9:30 am. Opening Session: Chairs: Sidnei Epelman and Ian Magrath

9:30 -10:00 am INCTR Report 15 mins

"Branch/Program Reports on Ongoing projects" - 10 mins each
Brussels, France, UK, Canada, USA, Nepal, Clinical Trials, Pathology, Nursing, Palliative Care

10:00- 11:30 am INCTR Award Lectures Chair: Ian Magrath and Sidnei Epelman

1. Person from Less Developed Country (Introductions 10 mins, lecture 30 mins)
2. Person from More Developed Country (Introductions 10 mins, Lecture 30 mins)

11:30- 12:00 am Health Break

12: 00 pm: Associate Members Meeting [We'll need to revamp the issue of membership if we go along with this]
[Benefits: Annual, Newsflash every 2 months]
Opportunities to become a Faculty member (role of faculty members)
Opportunities: Participation in ongoing projects
Assistance with fund raising
Alternatives: could be a discussion on "The Future of INCTR" or linked with the Annual

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch


2:00-5:30 pm Round Table Discussion: Evidence-based Cancer Control.
Chair: Max Parkin

Suggested Topics for discussion
The present and future cancer burden (Max Parkin)
Avoiding risk factors: importance of public education and government policy (Richard Sullivan)
Have Cancer Control Plans made a difference? (Cecilia Sepulveda)
Will health informatics improve public and professional education; if so, how? (Raj Shah)
How can diagnosis be improved in the lowest income countries (Lorenzo Leoncini)
Expanding palliative care programs (Gayatri Palat or Stuart Brown)

Each topic to be introduced by speaker (10 mins?)
There will be a 20 min break at approximately 3;30 pm.



Chair Sidnei Epelman/Carlos Gil Ferreira
9:00-9:30. Keynote Lecture: Challenges and Solutions in Cancer Control in Brazil
Luis Santini, Director, National Cancer Institute, Rio de Janeiro

9:30 - 1:00 pm Round Table Discussions on Pediatric Cancer in Low and Middle Income Countries
Chair Roberto Rivera Luna and Julius Lecciones (maximum of 6 topics)

Suggested Topics for Discussion:
Importance of Pediatric Cancer as a model for Curable Cancers (Sidnei Epelman)
Ongoing INCTR projects: Burkitt's
Development of National Programs (Julius Lecciones)
Improving Access to Care in low income countries (TBA)
Importance of Professional Societies (Leader of SUBOPE)
Relevance of Insurance to abandonment of therapy (Roberto Rivera Luna)
Radiation therapy - how important is it? (TBA)
Are lists of required drugs and treatment recommendations useful? (TBA)

Each topic to be introduced by speaker (10 mins?)
There will be a 20 minute break at approximately 11;00 am

1:00-2:00 pm LUNCH


Round Table Discussion: Research in Low and Middle Income Countries
Chair: Shripad Banavali/Sameer Bakshi

Suggested Topics:
The need for National Research in Cancer Prevention and Management in ALL countries (Nestor Masalu)
Combining Research and Education with Clinical Care (Sameer Bakshi)
Required infrastructure for Research: is it realistic in low income countries? (Sidnei Epelman)
Ethical Issues in Cancer Research in Developing Countries (Francis Crawley)
Guidelines versus Research and the issue of the evidence base (TBA)
The Importance of Hospital Networks (Dr Shripad Banavali)

Day 3

9:00-9:45 am Chair: Sidnei Epelman

The Conference Lecture: Mutational Signatures in Cancer (TBA)
suggestion Alexandrov LB see Nature 2013;500;7463;415-21

9:45-10:00 am Discussion: Role of Modern Genetics in Cancer Control in Developing Countries

10:00-10:30am **The Outreach Program at INEN - relevance to other LA Countries"
Tatiana Vidaure

10:45-11:15 am Public Education - its role in early diagnosis and prevention (TBA)

11:15-11:30 am HEALTH BREAK

11:30-12:00 pm Professional Education - OERC and other online teaching tools?
Larry Lessin

12:00-12:30 pm The Role of Professional Institutions and Societies in Development
?David Warrell (RCP)

1:00-2:00 pm LUNCH

2:00 pm - 5 pm Building a New INCTR - short and midterm strategies (restricted to INCTR members or participants)
Some topics for consideration:
Formation of a somewhat more formal consortium; pros and cons, source of funding, central hub that provides services e.g., assisting with meetings etc.
A new Branch in India
How do we work together and remain in contact
What should we do about the "biennial meeting" is it meant to be a showcase or a for strategy formulation?
How do we keep everyone updated (standardized reports, Newsletter, etc.)
Can we identify projects that can be done in concert, even if led primarily from one branch e.g., OERC, cancer prevention, more formal training and education
How do we ensure that INCTR has a future - endowment; young people spending periods of time in the field?
Should we identify additional partners we'd like to work with whether universities, NGS, NGOs, or professional societies?

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