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


Thank you to all those that have submitted an abstract.  The outcome of your submission will be made known in due course.

Deadline: 15 January 2021 (Now closed)

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.

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


Registration for the Cancer Genomics Conference is now OPEN!

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

Not an AORTIC Member? Join AORTIC in order to access and register for the Cancer Genomics Conference by using the reference “Genomics”.

Join here:

Register here:

Genomics Conference Registration

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



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


There are numerous opportunities to support the work of AORTIC by becoming an AORTIC Cancer Genomics Conference sponsor and showing your commitment to the promotion of cancer control and palliation in Africa.

Through sponsored sessions, educational support, networking events and logo placement, your organisation or company will have the tools to educate an engaged audience about how you are making a positive impact throughout Africa and position your organisation or company as a leader in African cancer initiatives.

View the Cancer Genomics Conference Prospectus here:

Want to know more? Contact Belmira Rodrigues at




AORTIC Secretariat:

Belmira Rodrigues
Skye Wilson
Khatija Osman
Lavender Nyoni