Uganda Cancer Institute - Cambridge Collaboration

A new and exciting collaboration is developing between the Uganda Cancer Institute and a range of partners in Cambridge. For more information about the partners see here. Below are summaries of key activities emerging from this collaboration: 

January 2020 Professor Greg Hannon, Director of the CRUK Cambridge Institute visits Uganda to launch the CRUK CI-UCI summer scheme

January 2020 A team of 3 physiotherapists, supported by Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, visited UCI to scope the development of a clinical partnership alongside the ongoing research activity.  

January 2020 UCI-Cambridge collaboration coordinator post advertised and open for applications

December 2019 Funding secured for a Cambridge - based coordinator to facilitate activities and to help develop a joint research and training programme. 

November 2019 Execution of a MoU between UCI and the University of Cambridge with the aim of promoting and furthering academic links between the partners.

November 2019 Visit to UCI by Suzanne Turner and Jamie Matthews as part of the Cambridge Africa ALBORADA Research Fund Burkitt Lymphoma project to set the laboratory up to perform rapid sequencing using Nanopore MinION technology. Read more here.

October 2019 Dr Charlie Massie (Department of Oncology) and Dr Nixon Niyonzima (UCI) awarded the Cambridge Africa ALBORADA Research Fund grant for their project "Validation of cell-free DNA methylation markers for minimally-invasive detection of Prostate Cancer at the Uganda Cancer Institute".

September 2019 Dr Suzanne Turner (Department of Pathology) and Dr Jackson Orem (UCI) awarded GCRF-QR pump-priming funds for a project on "Understanding disease pathogenesis to develop targeted treatments for African children with Burkitt Lymphoma".

June - July 2019 Henry Wannume and Paul Katongole from UCI attend the CRUK Cambridge Institute summer school. Read about their experience here.

May 2019 Uganda Cancer Institute Team visited Cambridge. Read Dr Jackson Orem's blog here.

March 2019 Dr Suzanne Turner (Department of Pathology) and Dr Jackson Orem (UCI) awarded the Cambridge Afirca ALBORADA Research Fund grant for their study entitled "Development of an early detection assay for endemic Burkitt Lymphoma (eBL)".

December 2018 Dr Suzanne Turner (Department of Pathology) and Dr Jackson Orem (UCI) awarded GCRF-QR pump priming funds for  "Capacity building to facilitate Burkitt Lymphoma (BL) research in Uganda and towards the establishment of a centre of excellence for paediatric lymphoma research".