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U.S. National Institutes of Health
Last Updated: 03/13/14

International Collaborations

Contact Information:
Bhadrasain Vikram, MD, 240-276-5726, vikramb@mail.nih.gov
Maithili Daphtary, PhD, 240-276-5696, maithilidaphtary@gmail.com
C. Norman Coleman, MD, 240-276-5679, ccoleman@mail.nih.gov

The RRP and its members have long-standing interest and experience in global cancer networking and research. Their experiences include: Dr. Vikram's 5+ years at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) helping establish the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) for assisting underserved countries develop radiation oncology programs. Dr. Coleman has helped develop collaborative programs including the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium (coordinated by the NCI Office of International Affairs), the Singapore Cancer Syndicate and advisory roles to other countries while at Harvard Medical School and the National Cancer Institute.

The RRP radiation biology and medical physics members are all involved in numerous international collaborations for scientific education and clinical trials.  While it is not a NCI activity, the RRP and oncology experts internationally and at the NCI have developed The International Cancer Expert Corps (ICEC). ICEC is a global initiative to mentor to underserved populations in the U.S. and worldwide and improve the quality of life by bringing education, collaboration and protocol-based treatment (and ultimately the possibility for participation in clinical trials).

The three components of the ICEC are:

  • Associates: Medical facilities/locations serving underserved populations who are interested in participating and investing in improving the quality of care and/or life for their affected citizens.
  • Experts: Panels comprised of international experts from a broad range of disciplines and healthcare delivery services that provide the mentoring for the Associates based on long-term, person-to-person connectivity.
  • Hubs: Located worldwide to coordinate the Recipient-Expert linkage so that their time is spent on mentoring and education.