Rare Cancers Prevention and Interception Workshop (Overview)


Rare Cancers Prevention and Interception Virtual Workshop

Sponsored by the Division of Cancer Prevention, Center for Cancer Research, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Department of Defense (DoD).

Date: May 7-8, 2024

Location: Virtual Meeting

Workshop Objectives:

The main goals of the workshop are to: 1) Identify challenges and knowledge gaps and explore research opportunities in rare cancers research. 2) Identify research gaps and develop strategic planning with emphasis on understudied research areas in rare cancers. 3) Explore important research questions that will lead to developing better ways of prevention and interception against rare cancers. 4) Finding ways to facilitate networking (researchers, clinicians, patient advocates) among the stakeholders and engage them for the benefit of the patient community.

Agenda Topics:

  • Plenary talk
  • Overview of Rare Cancers: Current Status
  • Emerging Opportunities for Rare Cancers Prevention and Interception
  • Rare Cancers Clinical Trials Updates
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Rare Cancers Research: Biology, Targets and Prevention
  • Networking - scientists, advocacy groups, and healthcare providers
  • Brainstorming and Future Directions

Program Planning Committee

  1. Robert Shoemaker, PhD
  2. Kajal Biswas, PhD
  3. Altaf Mohammed, PhD
  4. Brigitte C. Widemann, MD
  5. Andrea M. Gross, MD
  6. Taylor Sundby, MD
  7. Sharon A. Savage, MD
  8. Payal Khincha, MBBS, MSHS
  9. Douglas Stewart, MD
  10. Grace Ault, PhD
  11. Anju Singh, PhD
  12. Mark J. Henderson, PhD
  13. Sagar Ghosh, PhD, MBA
  14. Martha Donoghue, MD

Meeting Organizers:

Altaf Mohammed, PhD.
Program Director,
Division of Cancer Prevention, NCI
Email: altaf.mohammed@nih.gov
Phone: 240-276-6082

Kajal Biswas, PhD.
Program Director,
Division of Cancer Prevention, NCI
Email: kajal.biswas2@nih.gov
Phone: 240-276-5614

Sagar Ghosh, PhD, MBA.
Health Science Program Manager
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
US Army Medical Research & Development Command
Email: sagar.ghosh.civ@health.mil
Phone: 301-619-7954 (office)