UGANDA – Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has partnered with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center to launch “Cancer Genomics and Genomic Data Science for East Africa,” and additional programs to train East African researchers in cancer genomics and foster future researchers.

This program is funded at US$1.25 million over five years and builds upon research that explores the genomics of breast cancer, lung cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and Kaposi sarcoma.

There is an urgent need for laboratory-based scientists in the fields of genomics and genomic data science to transform clinical oncology in Uganda and East Africa.

This work could lead to advances in therapeutic approaches and diagnostics to deliver precision medicine to LMICs.

Additionally, with a total investment of US$1.36 million over five years, a second research training program aims to support masters and doctoral training, prepare fellows to pursue independent research funding, and will include the establishment of a Peer-Mentoring Career Development program.

Five Ugandan fellows will serve as principal investigators on one of the Collaboration’s studies.

Through The Adult Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program, with funding from the African Development Bank to the East Africa Centre of Excellence in Oncology at the Uganda Cancer Institute, this program trains specialists who then train their colleagues in clinical care and research and mentor new oncologists, hematologists, and other healthcare workers.

Six Ugandan fellows have already graduated from the program, and recruitment is underway to enroll future cohorts from East Africa. Collectively, these training initiatives highlight a commitment to build capacity to address the global cancer burden and translating research findings into clinical care and action.

Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) is a public medical care facility in partnership with the Ministry Of Health.

UCI’s main focus is on research, training, consultation, prevention and cancer treatment in areas of Pediatrics, Oncology, Gynecology, Radiotherapy, surgery, pharmacy and recently venturing into bone marrow transplants. The Institute also offers palliative care and rehabilitation services.

UCI is affiliated with the Makerere University School of medicine and with the Mulago hospital complex; the teaching hospital for the medical school.

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