Date: Friday, December 16, 2022




Angela Chinhengo

Angela Chinhengo is a well-trained Radiobiologist with a PhD in Radiobiology. She is a single mother residing in Cape town South Africa with her two children. Angela is a researcher in the radiobiology division at Stellenbosch university. She is passionate about cancer research and about capacity building for cancer research. Her research interests are Combination therapy, Immunotherapy, Non-conventional cancer treatment and their possible role in conventionally used treatment options. Growing up in rural Zimbabwe, Angela experienced both conventional and traditional forms of treating disease, this triggered a curiosity on the possibility of the treatment options influencing each other. She has been involved in cancer research since 2015 and her projects have led to publications of peer reviewed papers and presentations at national and international conferences. Angela is always looking for opportunities to learn and develop herself.




Benjamin Arko

Benjamin Arko-Boham has a PhD in Human Anatomy, Histology and Embryology with specialty in Tumour Cell Biology from Dalian Medical University, PR China. He also holds Masters (Human Anatomy) and BSc (Zoology) from the University of Ghana where he has worked since 2007 as a fulltime faculty member and is involved in teaching and research. His research activities concentrate on cancer biology and biomarker detection with principal focus on breast cancer. He is interested in unravelling and understanding the unique genetic alterations and mechanisms underpinning the aggressiveness of African breast cancers. He also focuses on blood plasma studies for the identification of potential cancer screening, diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers. He has a number of publications to his credit and serves as reviewer for several academic journals and institutional ethics boards.





Clement Narh

Dr. Clement T. Narh is an Epidemiologist-Statistician and Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Fred N. Binka School of Public Health (BSPH), University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS). He is also a visiting scientist to the Environment and Lifestyle Epidemiology (ENV) branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Agency of Research Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France.  He was the first Clinical Research Coordinator at UHAS Research Center located in BSPH.  Until he joined the University, he was a senior data manager with the Dodowa Health Research Centre (DHRC). As a centre with international collaborations, he worked closely with other Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites (HDSS sites), Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) offices, African Intussusception Network, WHO/AFRO surveillance sites for diarrhoea and Invasive Bacterial Diseases (IBDs) among others. He is a consultant on the Comprehensive Health and Epidemiological Surveillance System being piloted by the INDEPTH Network in Nanoro HDSS, Burkina Faso.




Esther Maina

Esther Maina, a Biochemist (Essex University UK), with a PhD in Medical and Molecular Genetics (Birmingham University, UK). Prior to coming back home to Kenya, I was a CRUK (Cancer Research UK) Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Cancer Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. Presently, I am Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi and involved in the teaching of both the undergraduate and postgraduate students in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics. I also supervise both MSc and PhD research projects in cancer research and I am involved in mentoring of High school students in matters S.T.E.M.

My research work Centers on Cancer, specifically, on anti-Cancer Medicinal plants with a view to elucidate the mechanisms of action of the phytochemicals. In 2020, I successfully applied for the Cancer Research Grant by National Research Fund-Kenya and was awarded for my proposal on Prostate Cancer, in which we are interested in identifying baseline Biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis, for the Kenyan men with carcinoma of the Prostate. I am newly, a member of MADCaP (Men of African Descent with Carcinoma of the Prostate).

 Beginning 2022, I was privileged to be selected for the Principal Investigator track on the African Cancer STARS (Strategic Training Achievements for Research Success) research training initiative by Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where I have been exposed to international standard Grant writing skills and the ethics therein. I look forward to use the knowledge and experience that I have received from the training in my research work especially as I was recently selected to lead the Cancer Research Mega-consortium on cancer Biomarkers under the National Research Fund- Kenya. I look forward to writing successful proposal grants with my fellow researchers in STAR and my mentors, and push forward matters regarding the African Genome, specifically in my case, Cancer Research in the African population. The STARS training has been an eye opener and I am greatly honoured to meet fellow African scientists with a similar vision to turn Africa’s dream of scientific research into a reality! “Asante Sana”




Nnamdi Orah

Nnamdi is a Consultant Histopathologist passionate about improving oncology outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa and ensuring representation of African diversity in global cancer research. His areas of interest include breast, cervical and prostate cancer research. He is also involved in pioneering the use of telepathology through whole slide imaging in the region. 

He is currently a Consultant Histopathologist and Lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos where he teaches and inspires the next generation of medical professionals and research scientists. In future, he hopes that his research will contribute to the global body of scientific knowledge while solving Africa's unique cancer burdens.




Olalekan Olasehinde

Dr. Olasehinde is Surgeon and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University/Teaching Hospitals Complex Ile-Ife. He obtained his medical degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medicine, U.S.A. He is a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and the National Post-graduate medical college of Nigeria.

His research focus is on early cancer detection and development of innovative strategies for improved oncology outcomes in Nigeria.  He is co-Principal Investigator on various multi-institutional projects. Currently researching into the development of clinical pathways and strategies for achieving improved breast cancer outcomes in Nigeria. He is a recipient of the D43 AfricanCancerStars award.





Rahmat Adisa

RAHMAT ADETUTU ADISA , PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry, working as an academic and researcher in the Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in the Second Class Upper Division in 1994 at University of Ibadan in the Department of Biochemistry. She later had a Master of Science (1997), Master of Philosophy (2002) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in (2009) from same Department and University.

Rahmat is an NIH/FIC D43 fellow in 2019 under the Emory-Nigeria Research Training Programme, and in 2020 under the Fogarty Bioethics training of the Centre for Bioethics. She is also a fellow of the OWSD since 2005. Dr Adisa is a membrane biochemist with research interest in interrogating the role of mitochondrial structure and functional indices in diseases especially liver cancer and the possible mechanisms of mitochondrial targeted therapeutics for mitigating the symptoms and oxidative cellular damage. She is actively involved in some collaborative research involving mitochondria and hepatology. She has published over 40 publications in reputable journals in the area mitochondrial toxicity, mechanistic actions of pharmacological agents and liver cancer based on her background training and expertise. Currently, she is a trainee on an NIH/FIC D43 training (D43TW010934) tagged the African Cancer Strategic Training Achievements for Research Success (STARS) program to train Principal Investigators and Project Managers to develop careers that can build capacity for cancer research in Africa.




Yvonne Nartey

Dr Yvonne Ayerki Nartey is a physician specialist at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Cape Coast, Ghana. She holds a PhD in Medical Epidemiology from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and is pursuing a fellowship in viral hepatitis elimination with the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination. Her clinical research focuses on the risk factors and clinical outcomes of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in sub-Saharan Africa. She is a member of the Africa Hepatopancreatobiliary Cancer Consortium (AHPBCC) and is working to establish the first AHPBCC biobank in Ghana.



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I am an adept project research assistant, with experience and keen interest in cancer research. My background is in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Oncology. Inspired to see Africa as a hub for cancer research excellence, I embarked on a journey to gain Project Management and Molecular Oncology expertise. My career has been centered around planning and execution of cancer research projects, which will ultimately contribute to region-relevant, better cancer outcomes. Currently, I am conducting studies and managing projects in KAPs of haematologic cancers, understanding oncogenic addiction pathways and genetic bases of hereditary cancers. 





Emmanuel Sochukwuma Ezaka is a psychologist at Theresa Ohaeri Memorial Specialist Hospital, Owerri, Nigeria, with three years of experience in helping patients with major psychiatric disorders, adjustment-related issues, and general mental health. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in general and applied psychology from Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria, and is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Emmanuel is the organizer of the Women and Health Initiative, a rural health education campaign focusing on cancer education. He is an author and a researcher with a keen interest in general psychology and psycho-oncology research with numerous published and unpublished scientific papers. He is a peer reviewer at the Cureus Journal of Medical Science. Emmanuel became a member of the Association of Counseling Psychologists in Nigeria (ACPIN) with the zeal to become an expert in the field of psychology.  





Goodluck Nchasi is a final year medical student at Catholic University of Health and Allied Science, Tanzania. Former research chairman for Tanzania Medical Students Association (TAMSA). He is an aspiring researcher and global health enthusiast with 11 publications in peer reviewed Journals including International Journal of Public Health, JCO Global Oncology and Journal of Medical Virology.

Goodluck is the 2022 winner for the NCD undergraduate grant funded by the Tanzania Diabetes Association and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science. He is also a D43 National Institutes of Health training grant recipient as part of the project management training track, that enabled him to travel to Duke University, USA to attend a 2-week project management training initiative in October, 2022.





Immaculate Mbarusha, A Registered Comprehensive Nurse by profession, with a bachelor’s degree in Community based development and a Master in Public health. Have been involved in research as Program Facilitator, Social Worker, Research Nurse and Coordinator/management on a variety of Health/Clinical Research and Public Health activities for over 17 years with 10 years of cancer research.

I am very passionate about Research and Public health.  Extremely grateful, being part of this STARS training which I anticipate will enhance my capacity as a Clinical Research Coordinator to diligently manage research Nationally, Regionally and Internationally.





Mr Legason started a career in cancer research in 2011 as a study site supervisor and laboratory manager at Kuluva hospital, a small mission hospital in Northwestern Uganda. Working with a multidisciplinary team of cancer biologists, clinical scientists, pathologists, data scientists and project managers, Mr Legason drew inspiration from cancer research. He later moved to work at St Mary's hospital Lacor, Gulu, where he coordinated study recruitment in Northern Uganda in the NIH/NCI-funded Epidemiology of Burkitt Lymphoma in East African children or minors (EMBLEM) study. Between 2018 and 2019, Mr Legason worked as a regional technical officer for a USAID-funded malaria project in Northwestern Uganda before returning to work at St Mary's Hospital Lacor as a laboratory scientist and site coordinator for Aggressive Infection-related East African Lymphoma (AI-REAL) study. Mr Legason holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and a master’s degree in molecular biology and public health epidemiology. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Oncology at the University of Oxford. His current research focuses on the role of viral infections in lymphomas, particularly the different Epstein Barr virus variants and risk for lymphomas, and how this knowledge can be applied to developing affordable diagnostic approaches. 





My name is Lebogang T.  Mokokwe. I am Senior Research Manager at Botswana -University of Pennsylvania Partnership. I have a degree in Business Systems, Masters in Information & Knowledge Management and currently doing my PhD in Information Science. I have over 5 years’ work experience in areas such as qualitative data analysis, implementation science and continuous quality improvement in different health research projects, in a global health organisation. I am proud and grateful to be part of African Cancer STARS trainees and continue to learn and grown immensely through this program.





Marjorie Ntiwaa Quarchie is my name. I am a Principal Research Assistant at the University of Ghana School of Allied Health Sciences. Currently I am the Project coordinator of the MADCaP Korle-bu, Ghana chapter and also pursuing my PhD in Medical Microbiology at University of Ghana Medical School.





Mokgadi is a research study coordinator at Wits Health Consortium with 4 years of experience in the clinical research field. In her 4 years at Wits Health Consortium Mokgadi has been a Quality Control Assistant, Procurement administrator, and  Research assistant.

When she is not at work, Mokgadi is an avid reader and loves taking time out for rest or travel. Her long term goal is to become a Public Health specialist with a focus on Cancer research.





Brandon A. Niyibizi is a motivated young pharmacist dedicated to improving access to healthcare by all layers of his society and influencing positive community health outcomes. He has an extensive community engagement experience in areas of cancer health education, research, and health services access and equity. He holds a Bsc. In pharmacy from the University of Rwanda and is an alumnus of the Young African leadership initiative (YALI).




My name is Nontlantla Mkwanazi from South Africa, am currently employed by the Wits Health Consortium as a research assistant and a lab manager. My duties include processing and storing of all blood samples collected from participants in our different studies. I have been working in research for the past 10 years starting out as a volunteer in a breast cancer treatment unit. Been working within different breast cancer research projects that helped me grow in my career and personal life.

I am most passionate about education and community outreach programs. In which we aim to help educate our most vulnerable and poor communities about health awareness and prevention of most lifestyle diseases.  This is helping the health system identify bottlenecks that prevent such communities reaching out for help in time for them to get treatment.





Osinkolu Babasanmi Adeleye is a seasoned Research Administrator saddled with budgets & contracts in the College Research & Innovation Management (CRIM) unit, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI), Nigeria. He is a very resourceful Administrator with a keen interest in research management and capacity building within and outside his institution. This he demonstrates through the meticulous discharge of his duty in providing technical support for CoMUI researchers and ensuring adequate budget development, invoicing and financial reporting for projects domiciled in CoMUI.

As a Research Administrator with over seven years of experience in budgets & contracts and an Independent Consultant, Babasanmi readily facilitates research training in grant's budget development and contract processes, and institution’s due diligence processes for research project staff, research administrators and researchers within and outside CoMUI. Babasanmi’s quest for knowledge and continued skillset improvement have sustained his relevance in the research space, and the experience hitherto has equipped him to effectively manage gaps in the Research Management space.





Seynabou DIOUF DIATTA combines work and studies; with the later enabling her to obtain both an Executive Assistant degree and further in 2019 a MBA in Project management.

For the past ten years, she has been instrumental in planning, hosting and organizing numerous seminars and conferences for the “Institut de Formation et la Recherche en Urologie et Santé Familiale” (IFRU-SF). She attended, several capacity building trainings including the West African regional training seminar on administration and management of funds raising for research studying organized by the National Institute of Health of the United States in Nigeria in 2012. From 2012 to 2014 she administered the Program of International Urological Training in Africa (PIUTA) Programm, a collaboration between AUA, SIU, EAU.

She participated in managing the Prostate Genetics Research in Senegal (PROGRES), a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and IFRU-SF. She Also manage the collaborative Research between Men Of African Descent Carcinoma Of The Prostate (MADCAP) for the IFRU-SF site. She is currently managing the International University Diploma in Endourology and the Urology Journal, Rev’Uro-Andro.





My name is Victor Avhavhudzani Shandukani. A holder of a matric (grade 12) certificate, I completed ICT Certification at Stanford computer and business college in 2009. I started working for Wits health consortium in 2014, and it was with them that I did the GCP (Good Clinical practice) training, PC (Project coordinator) training and had the amazing opportunity to attend ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare outcomes) training at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in the USA.

I am currently working as a Project Coordinator for WHC at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto Johannesburg South Africa.I am one of 4 Individuals from WHC chosen to attend the PM training with the African Cancer Stars

Working with Patients has helped me to understand the importance of putting people first, we have this saying called Batho Pele which simply means People first. I am naturally creative and able to work under any circumstances. I am hard working, proactive and always have my work up to date.





Siphe-sihle Sibiya Completed a FETC Project Management course with Believers Care Society Skills training center.Currently D43 PM Track with African cancer stars.Employment journey began with Ster-Kinekor Ticket Line as an inbound call center agent.

Worked in the Market Research Industry for years, at TNS Research surveys, Millward Brown and 21st Research consulting. At the peak of my Market research career I Supervised Projects for Major brands in Johannesburg, Durban and Capetown.Until 7 years ago, started working for Wits Health consortium as a data capture and with a lot of hard work and in house training am now Project Coordinator.

My long term goal is to be a part of research that changes lives and improves our public healthcare services.





Thuli is an experienced field worker in research for the past 6 years. I possess a cheerful outlook and aiming to use my proven skills to effectively fill the study and research objectives. I have worked in clinics, Hospital and have done field work in disadvantage communities. Recruiting control and case interviewing, Capturing patient. I have also built healthy relationship with the clinical staff of Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital as I have been working for the madcap study

 I have had higher certificate in Adult Education practitioner (UNISA), Project planning (e certificate). I spent my time off work with my family.


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Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022

While we do cancer clinical trials to test drugs, exposures that increase risks are found with observational studies. These have also been instrumental in highlighting disparities. Tim Rebbeck and Rafa Irizarry discuss the challenges these studies pose. Timothy Rebbeck, PhD is the Vincent L. Gregory, Jr. Professor of Cancer Prevention at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medical Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Rebbeck’s research focuses on the etiology and prevention of cancer, with an emphasis on cancers with a genetic etiology and those that are associated with disparities in incidence or mortality by race. He has directed multiple large molecular epidemiologic studies and international consortia that have been used to identify and characterize genes involved in cancer etiology, understand the relationship of allelic variation with biochemical or physiological traits, explore interactions of inherited and somatic genomic variation with epidemiological risk factors. Our Data Science Zoominars feature interactive conversation with #datascience experts and a Q+A session moderated by Rafael A. Irizarry, PhD, Chair, Department of Data Science at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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