MANIPAL: The Indo-American Cancer Consortium (IACC), the first collaborative initiative involving multiple tertiary cancer centres from India and the United States, is expected to generate infrastructure and strengthen global cancer research leadership and mentorship.

The participating institutes include Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre and Research Institute, Tata Memorial Centre in India, and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center in the US.

Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, vice-chancellor MAHE said, “The initiative will create a global transdisciplinary team of basic cancer researchers, oncologists, epidemiologists, and surveillance experts. The consortium will build infrastructure, expand capacity, and strengthen global cancer research leadership and healthcare”.



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Dr Mahadev Rao, professor, and HoD of pharmacy practice, and coordinator of Center for Translational Research, who is coordinating IACC said, “The goal of this consortium is to foster significant cooperation between cancer centre faculties. Over 30 faculty members with active research programmes in basic science, clinical and translational research and public health sciences relevant to cancer, are included”.

Dr Naveen S Salins, coordinator, Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre, said that such a collaborative approach is especially important in cancer care, where, for example, intricate details about genetic mutations in a patient’s tumor necessitate the combined expertise of basic and translation scientists, as well as clinicians, to not only select the precise treatment for the patient, but also to ensure that the patient receives the best possible outcome. However, he adds that the thrill of collaborating across continents to advance global cancer research and training is counterbalanced by the hurdles of securing financial funding for the consortium’s ambitious programmes.

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