Society News & Updates from Mary Eiken, IGCS CEO

March 2019

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Grants $12 million for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

It has recently been announced that USAID, in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will provide $12 million to fund two large projects to reduce cervical cancer in Malawi and Mozambique from March 2019 – September 2021.

One of the projects receiving $5.1 million is a consortium between The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mozambique) to integrate existing screening and treatment technologies with voluntary family planning programs, while testing the feasibility and efficacy of innovative diagnostic tests for HPV. Kathleen Schmeler, MD is the PI for the grant.

While the project is multifaceted, IGCS is a partner organization as Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique is one of the first training sites enrolled in the IGCS Global Curriculum and Mentorship Program. Currently with three fellows in their second year of training, Kathleen serves as one of the IGCS international mentors for the program along with five gynecologic oncologists from Brazil (Georgia Fontes-Cintra, André Lopes, Renato Moretti, Mila Salcedo, Marcelo Viera). The international mentors travel to Mozambique multiple times per year to provide hands-on surgical training. Patients diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer as part of this grant will be able to access gynecologic oncology care thanks to the IGCS program in Mozambique.

We are thrilled for the IGCS to serve as a partner in this USAID/NASEM funded work to reduce the global burden of cervical cancer.

Revised FIGO Staging for Carcinoma of the Cervix Uteri

FIGO has recently published revised staging of carcinoma of the cervix uteri, allowing incorporation of imaging and/or pathological findings, and clinical assessment of tumor size and disease. Care was taken to ensure staging is applicable to all resource areas. You will recall, IGCS reached out to many of our members and strategic alliance partners for feedback and input. Subsequently, IGCS was represented at a meeting hosted by FIGO. We are pleased with the updated guidelines and glad for the opportunity to represent our global membership. We look forward to providing feedback in upcoming FIGO projects including revisions to vulvar and endometrial cancer staging guidelines.

World Health Organization Initiative for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer

IGCS continues to work with the World Health Organization to collaborate in response to a call to action made by the Director-General, Dr. Tedros, in May 2018 for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer. Seven Working Groups have been formed under the WHO-led Secretariat to accelerate work on the various elements of this initiative with IGCS remaining very involved.  Please see the IGCS statement committing our support of the WHO Initiative for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, which has been endorsed by IGCS’s Strategic Alliance Partner organizations.

2019 Shingo Fujii Young Doctors Summit Travel Grant

Following the legacy of Dr. Shingo Fujii, IGCS will again provide funding to IGCS Members from low and lower-middle income countries to offset travel costs to attend the IGCS Global Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Applications are currently being accepted through March 27, 2019.

At the Annual Global Meeting in Rio 2019, early career professionals and those selected to be Shingo Fujii Young Doctors Summit Grant Recipients are invited to attend one of two sessions listed below on Thursday, September 19th. A special reception for young doctors will be held that evening to allow early career professionals an opportunity to network and socialize.

  • Learning from the Experts: IGCS 2019 Surgical Course
  • Clinical Application of Molecular Genetics to the Classification and Staging of Endometrial Cancer: A Multidisciplinary and Interactive Course

New Content in the IGCS Education Portal

Over 80 recorded presentations from IGCS Kyoto 2018 are currently being added to the online Education Library. Members have continual access to presentations going back as far as 2014 sorted by topic.

Recently added is access to over 1,200 surgical videos now available to IGCS members through our partnership with AAGL in their online platform, SurgeryU. Our education team will be adding videos to SurgeryU on a special IGCS channel over the course of the coming weeks.

Submit your Abstract for IGCS 2019 by April 1st

Original abstracts are an important part of the IGCS program and a significant contribution to the success of our meeting. When you share your work at the IGCS Annual Global Meeting, your research is exposed to the largest gathered international audience of specialists dedicated to women’s cancer care.

Please review the abstract topics and submit your work by April 1st for consideration by the Scientific Program Committee. They have added many new additional oral opportunities for presentation at the meeting this year.