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Global Cancer Hack-a-thon

In February 2016, GO co-hosted the first ever Global Cancer Innovation Hack-a-thon in close collaboration with the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), MIT Hacking Medicine, as well as the MGH Center for Global Health and the MGH Cancer Center. Press Release.

The event brought together 140 participants from around the world, including Taiwan, India, Guatemala, England, Austria, and many more countries. Mentors numbered 55 individuals, both local and based abroad. There were 24 teams and 51 pitches for new global cancer innovations. It was a weekend of intense enthusiasm, optimism and creative innovation around the challenges with cancer care financing and delivery in low- and middle-resource settings.

Such an event highlights the creative and innovative efforts of Global Oncology. GO mentors and participants showcased what we do best: develop creative, technology-driven, volunteer-based solutions to address cancer care issues and provide care for the most underserved of patients. The innovation did not end with the Hack-a-thon. GO volunteers and mentors remain engaged – via the CAMTech innovation platform – continuing their work to launch the exciting solutions that were developed.

Watch the Hack-a-thon video!

Global Cancer Hack Teams at Work (Feb 2016)

GO Young Professionals (GO YP) Update

  • Case Seminar Series 

On February 25, 2016, we were fortunate to have Dr. Dan Milner join us for a lunch talk as part of our Case Seminars Series. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He shared his experience as a consultant pathologist for the Blantyre Malaria Project, quantifying cerebral sequestration and working on a range of sub-projects in conjunction with Brigham and Women’s pathology residents and fellows. Dr. Milner also discussed the challenges facing global oncology work and potential solutions in preparation for the Global Cancer Innovation Hack-a-thon.

  • Website Launch is almost ready and scheduled to launch by the end of the month. Bookmark the link and visit often! 

  • Upcoming events

We are preparing to welcome newly admitted Harvard Medical School students who will be in Boston the weekend of April 15th to participate in new student activities and events. GO YP will host an informational session for all interested.

  • Photos

Below left: GO YP Annual Fall Mentor Mixer
Below right: GO YP Case Seminar Series with Dr. Dan Milner

Cancer Education Materials: 2016 Progress and Plans

In January, medical student and GO volunteer, Laurie Schleimer, completed her Haiti Project Report and Recommendations for taking the GO Cancer Education Materials to the next stage. The Haiti pilot was a deep study, providing much learning as well as a protocol for implementing this work anywhere cancer education is lacking.

In the Report, specific refinements were recommended; the GO team met in February to incorporate changes. Booklet revisions are expected to occur in March/April, in plenty of time to print and prepare for subsequent pilots this coming summer. Targeted sites are in: Guatemala, Rwanda, Malawi, and possibly Vietnam.

GO is proud to announce that the Cancer Education Materials project was accepted for:
  1. presentation at the Symposium for Global Cancer Research on April 8th, an event co-hosted by GO, and
  2. publication in the Journal of Global Oncology (JGO)

Congratulations to all involved: team members, funders, supporters!

GO–Boston Reaches Into Our Local Community

On March 12th, a team of Boston GO volunteers took a shift at Community Servings, a nonprofit preparing made-from-scratch meals and delivering them to individuals who are homebound and living with critical and chronic illnesses, like cancer.

Two teams donned hair nets and headed into the kitchen. Team 1 chopped fresh veggies for nutritious and medically-tailored meals. Team 2 packed meals for delivery, carefully matching labels to ensure that each meal met an individual's needs: diabetic, Vitamin K, no citrus, etc. It was an excellent chance to work with an inspiring patient support group, providing nutrition and encouragement to people living with terminal illnesses.

GO began this tradition of community outreach in December 2015 by serving dinner to residents of Hope Lodge in Boston, where people with cancer live free of charge while receiving their treatments. We are thankful to Anna's TaqueriaComella's and OTTO for contributing the meal and making this lovely evening a reality. GO volunteers served and ate with residents, shared stories, and even taught one resident how to eat a burrito for the very first time! Hope Lodge website

The GO Story: in Stanford Medical News

GO co-founders and co-presidents, Drs. Ami Bhatt and Franklin Huang, share the inspiration behind the founding of GO. Read this fantastc article

Global Cancer Research Symposium – April 8

The Symposium is an annual event started in 2013 that aims to promote the exchange of scientific findings, best practices, and innovations in global cancer research. Participants work to identify potential geographic and scientific areas for collaboration, and to develop strategic priorities related to cancer research focused on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

GO is honored to co-sponsor the Symposium this year. We are pleased to announce that two GO projects will be featured at the event:

  1. Catch a demo of The Global Cancer Project Map
  2. Visit GO's Cancer Education Materials in the poster session

Register Here: there is still room!

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