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Addressing The Cancer Burden In All Populations of African Ancestry

The African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium was formed in May 2006 to further the study of viral, genetic, environmental and lifestyle risk factors for cancer in populations of African descent.

Camille Ragin PhD, MPH is responsible for the establishment and development of the consortium. A growing number of dedicated researchers based in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean have joined.

Our Mission - To study viral, genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors for cancer risk and outcomes in populations of African descent

Our Vision - The AC3 will be a broad-based resource for education, training and research on etiology, screening, prevention, treatment and survivor-ship related to cancer in populations of African descent.

Our Goals
  1. Build knowledge, capacity and infrastructure
  2. Advance the science of cancer prevention and control in populations of African ancestry

Consortium Design

The Consortium consists of a steering committee, a research and ethics review committee and specific working groups devoted to the investigation of cancers in populations of African ancestry.

The AC3 research review committee will review and approve all proposals for collaborative projects that will be conducted under the umbrella of the AC3. Study proposals may be submitted by AC3 members (as an AC3 study) as well as interested non-members (as an ancillary study). Please submit your proposals to Delroy M. Louden, PhD at Click here for a complete copy of the committee guidelines.

AC3 Team Leaders

Women's cancers 
  • Kimlin Ashing, PhD - Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education, City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA
  • Raleigh Butler, MD - School of Clinical Medicine and Research (CSMR), University of the West Indies, The Bahamas
Urological  cancers
  • Clareann Bunker, PhD  - Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Robin Roberts, MD - School of Clinical Medicine and Research (CSMR), University of the West Indies, The Bahamas
Aero-digestive tract cancers 
  • Samuel Gathere, MD - Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi, Kenya, Africa
  • Camille Ragin, PhD, MPH, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Cancer Registration
  • Veronica Roach, Trinidad and Tobago
AC3-Research and Ethics Review Committee (RERC)
  • Delroy Louden, PhD - (RERC-Chairman), President Anguilla Community College
  • Maria Jackson, PhD - Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica
  • JoAnn S. Oliver, PhD - The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA
  • Samuel Slewion, MA - Advocate, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Samuel Gathre, MD - Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi, Kenya, Africa