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

Simbiri, Kenneth O. ; Biddle, Joshua ; Kinyera, Tobias ; Were, Pamela A. ; Tenge, Constance ; Kawira, Esther ; Masalu, Nestory ; Sumba, Peter O. ; Lawler-Heavner, Janet ; Stefan, Cristina D. ; Buonaguro, Franco M. ; Robinson, Detra ; Newton, Robert ; Harford, Joe ; Bhatia, Kishor ; Mbulaiteye, Sam M. (2014-09)

CITATION: Simbiri, K. O. et al. 2014. Burkitt lymphoma research in East Africa: highlights from the 9th African organization for research and training in cancer conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2013. Infectious Agents and Cancer, 9(1):32, doi:10.1186/1750-9378-9-32.

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A one-day workshop on Burkitt lymphoma (BL) was held at the 9th 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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