Conquer Cancer Foundation Awards Grants to Drive International Cancer Care Advances

January 7, 2016

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology has awarded four 2016 International Innovation Grants to organizations currently developing projects with the potential to revolutionize cancer control in low- and middle-income countries. This year's grants will support research in India, Nepal, Uganda, and the Philippines that focuses on the cost of childhood cancer, leveraging mobile technology in cervical cancer screening and diagnosis, and facilitating doctor-patient dialogue via a paired computerized system and mobile application.

"The International Innovation Grant program demonstrates the Conquer Cancer Foundation's global vision of creating a world free from the fear of cancer in action," said Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. "Recipients' projects not only address the distinct needs of their local communities, but they also display great potential to address similar needs of communities in other countries. The possible ripple effect from supporting this research is invaluable."

The program provides one-year grants of up to $20,000 to nonprofit organizations and government agencies in low- and middle-income countries to improve cancer control on a local community level, while also being potentially applicable in similar low-resource settings elsewhere. The research projects selected, therefore, differ in many ways from traditional or standard practice in high-income areas.

The recipients of the 2016 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Innovation Grants are:  

  • CanKids...KidsCan (India), Ramandeep Singh Arora, MBBS, MD
    A Multi-site Prospective Study to Determine Household Out-of-Pocket Expenditure Incurred by Families of Children Newly Diagnosed with Cancer in India (HOPE Study)
  • Nepal Fertility Care Center (Nepal), Sarita Ghimire, MD
    Using mHealth Technologies to Ensure Continuum of Care in Cervical Cancer Screening in Kailali District of Nepal
  • PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication and Education) (Uganda), Dennis Rogers Buwembo, MBChB, MPH
    Smart Phone Tool to Improve Detection of Precancerous Lesions in Uganda, Using VIA (Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid)
  • University of Santo Tomas Hospital (Philippines), Teresa Tan Sy Ortin, MD 
    Use of Mobile Application to Monitor Pain Control of Cancer Patients


The 2016 International Innovation Grants are supported by ASCO International and Amgen. This list is current as of Dec. 18, 2015. 

About The Conquer Cancer Foundation 
The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) was created by the world’s foremost cancer doctors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology to seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cures of all types of cancer. Toward the vision of a world free from the fear of cancer, CCF works to conquer this disease by funding breakthrough cancer research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians worldwide, and by improving the quality of care and access to care, enhancing the lives of all who are touched by cancer. For more information, visit