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Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 627–631 | Cite as

Establishing a Cancer Research Consortium in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned

  • Sara E. Fischer
  • Olusegun I. Alatise
  • Akinwunmi O. Komolafe
  • Aba I. Katung
  • Adedeji A. Egberongbe
  • Samuel A. Olatoke
  • Olayide S. Agodirin
  • Oladapo A. Kolawole
  • Olaejerinde O. Olaofe
  • Omobolaji O. Ayandipo
  • Olorunda Rotimi
  • Murray F. Brennan
  • T. Peter Kingham
Healthcare Policy and Outcomes

Abstract

Purpose

There is an increasing effort in the global public health community to strengthen research capacity in low- and middle-income countries, but there is no consensus on how best to approach such endeavors. Successful consortia that perform research on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases exist, but few papers have been published detailing the challenges faced and lessons learned in setting up and running a successful research consortium.

Methods

Members of the African Research Group for Oncology (ARGO) participated in generating lessons learned regarding the foundation and maintenance of a cancer research consortium in Nigeria.

Results

Drawing on our experience of founding ARGO, we describe steps and key factors needed to establish a successful collaborative consortium between researchers from both high- and low-income countries. In addition, we present challenges we encountered in building our consortium, and how we managed those challenges. Although our research group is focused primarily on cancer, many of our lessons learned can be applied more widely in biomedical or public health research in low-income countries.

Conclusions

As the need for cancer care in LMICs continues to grow, the ability to create sustainable, innovative, collaborative research groups will become vital. Assessing the successes and failures that occur in creating and sustaining research consortia in LMICs is important for expansion of research and training capacity in LMICs.

Keywords

Nigeria Memorial Sloan Kettering Research Consortium Strengthen Research Capacity Database Quality Assurance 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported in part by the NCI’s Pilot Collaboration with LMICs in Global Cancer Research or Global Health Research at NCI-designated Cancer Centers, by the NIH/NCI Cancer Center Support Grant P30 CA008748, and by the Thompson Family Foundation. ARGO thanks Dr. Olawumi Yejide Olajide, Olawale Eyitayo Olalude, Paula Garcia, and Liana Langdon-Embry for their work as research coordinators.

Disclosure

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara E. Fischer
    • 1
  • Olusegun I. Alatise
    • 2
    • 3
  • Akinwunmi O. Komolafe
    • 2
  • Aba I. Katung
    • 4
  • Adedeji A. Egberongbe
    • 4
  • Samuel A. Olatoke
    • 5
  • Olayide S. Agodirin
    • 5
  • Oladapo A. Kolawole
    • 6
  • Olaejerinde O. Olaofe
    • 6
  • Omobolaji O. Ayandipo
    • 7
  • Olorunda Rotimi
    • 8
  • Murray F. Brennan
    • 1
  • T. Peter Kingham
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria
  3. 3.Surgeons OverseasNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Federal Medical CenterOwoNigeria
  5. 5.University of Ilorin Teaching HospitalIlorinNigeria
  6. 6.Ladoke Akintola University Teaching HospitalOsogboNigeria
  7. 7.University College HospitalIbadanNigeria
  8. 8.St. James University HospitalLeedsUK

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