The Third International Meeting on What Can We Learn From Africa?
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The third INCTR workshop on hematopathology in Africa was held from January 31st through February 2nd. It was the first to be held in Africa and took place at the Conference Center at the Serena House Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. The purpose of the workshop was to improve the knowledge and skills of African hematopathologists and clinicians with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of hematological malignancies.

It also provided an opportunity to enhance communication among African pathologists, as well as encouraging interactions between pathologists and clinicians – something that is all too often lacking, but which is critically important if patients are to receive appropriate therapy. The meeting was rich in content covering non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHLs) in equatorial Africa, the treatment of hematological malignancies, clinical and laboratory research, telepathology and tutorials that included case discussions. To view the final workshop program, please click here.

Throughout the course of the meeting, a microscope was set up and made available for individual African pathologists to discuss their own cases with members of INCTR’s Pathology Program, including Professor Lorenzo Leoncini, Dr Kikkeri Naresh and Dr Nina Hurwitz.

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The meeting also included a newly established award in memoriam to Gregory T O’Conor (see separate article). Because the first of the workshops to be held in Africa was considered by all to have been very successful, it was unanimously agreed that the next (4th) workshop should be held in Africa too, the precise location to be decided.

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INCTR would like to thank the many sponsors of this meeting. They included the Office of HIV and AIDS Malignancy of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA, Center for Global Health of NCI, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Institut National du Cancer, France, Leica Microsystems, Dako, Bactlabs East Africa, Ltd and UICC (this work has been supported by a UICC International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowship and with Federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health under Contract NO2-CO-41101). We would also like to thank the scientific committee, including Dr Omar Sherman who was the local host for the meeting.

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