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Cancer Genomics Conference: African genomic diversity.
A roadmap to global equity in cancer control

The African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) will be holding its Inaugural Cancer Genomics Conference on 18 & 19 February 2021.

The virtual conference will be convened under the theme “African Genomic Diversity: A Roadmap to Global Equity in Cancer Control”.

The 2- day Cancer Genomics in Africa Conference to address basic science and clinical research on cancer genomics and genetics research relevant to Africa and people of African descent in the diaspora. This will include the following topics:

  • Ethics
  • Data Management
  • Diagnostic Applications
  • Cancer Genomics of African Ancestry

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Deadline: 8 January 2021
This is an opportunity to share your research with African and international colleagues who are actively working in Cancer Genomics in Africa. Abstracts of both empirical and theoretical studies related to genetics or genomics of cancers are welcome, and researchers at all career stages are encouraged to submit one or more abstracts.

Abstract guidelines can be viewed here

Abstract Submission
Hannah Ayettey
Hannah AyetteyCancer Genomics Conference Chair
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my greatest pleasure to extend a warm invitation to you, to attend our premier special virtual Genomics conference in Africa to be held on 18th and 19th of February 2021.

The conference theme is: “African genomic diversity: A roadmap to global equity in cancer control”. Our aim is to bring together experts on genomics throughout Africa and in the diaspora at large, encouraging discussion on genomics and how it relates to Africa in the context of current research and management of cancer.

The conference goals are to develop a network of scientists to lead genomic science in Africa, develop a road map for cancer genomics research agenda for Africa and constitute a special interest group on genomics in AORTIC.

The conference will feature an in-depth scientific program in genomics including an overview of cancer genomics, cancer genomics in Africa, ethics consideration and the proper management of genomic data as well as various topics on cancer genomics in application.

Renowned keynote speakers from Africa and the diaspora with a great deal of experience in genomics, will share their knowledge with participants of the conference. Although virtual, there will be an opportunity for networking and collaboration with senior and junior colleagues for mentorship in this unique field.

Partnership with journals for dissemination of conference proceedings and abstract publication are underway.

There will be much to learn from this premier conference which has exciting prospects for Africa and to pose an opportunity for international colleagues with interest in genomics in Africa including colleagues in the diaspora of African descent to collaborate.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 18th of February 2021. Kindly consider joining AORTIC and registering for the conference: Registration opens 1st January 2021

See you soon!

Folakemi T. Odedina
Folakemi T. OdedinaAORTIC Research Committee Chair
Dear Conference Delegates,

The AORTIC Research Committee is excited to welcome you to the AORTIC Cancer Genomics Special Conference!

With the charge to provide scientific leadership and direction for cancer research in Africa, one of the goals of the ARC is to foster the dissemination of African cancer research through scientific conferences, peer-reviewed journals, traditional media and social media. Our committee is proud to host the AORTIC Cancer Genomics Special Conference in an effort to enhance cancer genomics research in Africa. This is critical to finding genetic variants that are unique to African populations and thereby facilitate African population specific therapies and interventions for cancer prevention, care and control.

The core values of the ARC is reflected in this conference program, including: Afrocentric, Local context relevance, Innovation, Clinical relevance, Excellence, Culturally appropriate, Inclusiveness and Collaboration. We want this conference to be scientifically rewarding for you and look forward to hearing from you about your experience. If there is anything that we can do to make your conference experience a better one, please let us know.

If you are an AORTIC member, a special welcome to you! If you are not currently a member of AORTIC, please consider joining AORTIC today. We look forward to personally welcoming you to our premier organization.

Best Regards,

AORTIC Research Committee Members
Prof. Folakemi T. Odedina (Chair)
Dr. Solomon Rotimi (co-Chair)
Dr. Hannah Naa Gogwe Ayettey Anie
Dr. Omolara Fatiregun
Dr. Rakiya Saidu
Dr. Alex Mutombo Baleka
Dr. Neil Sharma
Prof. Luca Incrocci
Dr. Michael Mwatsuma Mwachiro
Dr. Danladi Adamu Bojude
Dr. Delva Shamley
Dr. Paul Jibrin
Dr. Peter Kingham
Dr. Nwamaka Lasebikan
Dr. Pedro Fernandez
Ms. Kwanele Asante

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

DAY 1 | Thursday, 18 February 2021
15h00 – 19h10 SAST – Johannesburg, South Africa| Waiting Room
15h00 – 15h15 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
PLENARY
OPENING CEREMONY
Opening remarks
15h15 – 15h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
PLENARY
OPENING CEREMONY
AORTIC President remarks
15h30 – 15h45 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
AORTIC Research Committee Chairs’ remarks
15h45 – 16h15 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cancer genomics in Africa today
16h15 – 16h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
COMFORT BREAK
16h30 – 17h00 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
KEYNOTE 1:
An overview of cancer genomics of African Ancestory
17h00 – 17h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Ethical considerations in genomics
17h30 – 18h00 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Proper management of genomic data
18h00 – 18h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Genomic data acquisition and proper utilization in the context of oncologic care
18h30 – 18h40 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Questions and answers
18h40 – 19h10 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
ORAL Abstract session A
DAY 2 | Friday, 19 February 2021
15h00 – 19h40 SAST – Johannesburg, South Africa| Waiting Room
15h00 – 15h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
KEYNOTE 2:
Breast Cancer
15h30 – 16h00 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
KEYNOTE 3:
Prostate Cancer
16h00 – 16h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cancer genomics in application:
Diagnostic applications – BRCA
16h30 – 17h00 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cancer genomics in application:
(TBC)
17h00 – 17h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cancer genomics in application:
Diagnostic applications – Pharmacogenomics
17h30 – 18h00 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cancer genomics in application:
Diagnostic applications – Introduction to next-generation sequencing and Precision Oncology
18h00- 18h10 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Questions and answers
18h10 – 18h25 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
COMFORT BREAK
18h25 – 18h55 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
ORAL Abstract session B
18h55 – 19h25 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
POSTER Abstract session (Twitter)
19h25 – 19h40 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
CLOSING CEREMONY
DAY 3 | Saturday, 20 February 2021 (By invitation only)
15h00 – 17h00 SAST – Johannesburg, South Africa| Waiting Room
15h00 – 15h30 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Road Map for Cancer Genomics Research Agenda
15h30 – 16h00 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Summary & formation of Cancer Genomics Special Interest Group
16h00 – 16h10 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
COMFORT BREAK
16h10 – 17h00 SAST
Johannesburg, South Africa
Summary & Launch of AORTIC Genomics SIG



REGISTRATION

Registration for the Cancer Genomics Conference opens 1st January 2021. Mark your calendar NOW!

AORTIC Members that are paid up for 2021 receive complimentary access to the Cancer Genomics Conference.

Not an AORTIC Member? Join AORTIC when registration opens on 1st January 2021 in order to access and register for the Cancer Genomics Conference.

We look forward to welcoming you to the AORTIC Cancer Genomics Conference!

Enquiries: info@aortic-africa.org

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Chair: Hannah Ayettey Anie
Solomon Rotimi
Omolara Fatiregun
Nwamaka Lasebikan
Pedro Fernandez
Lisa Newman
AORTIC Secretariat: Belmira Rodrigues

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT

AORTIC Secretariat:

Belmira Rodrigues
Skye Wilson
Khatija Osman
Lavender Nyoni

info@aortic-africa.org