Conferences and Training Opportunities



All participants must register for the conference. If your abstract is accepted and you have not yet registered you must do so by August 31, 2019 the latest or your abstract will be withdrawn 

Abstracts are invited for poster presentations related to all cancers that affect Black populations. 

Abstracts should align with our conference theme “Cell to Society Approaches to Reduce Cancer Risk and Improve Outcomes among Populations of African Ancestry” and should represent work from one of the following topic areas:

  1. Molecular biomarkers for screening, early detection or improvement of cancer outcomes
  2. Micro-environmental influences on cancer risk and outcomes (e.g. Tumor microenvironment, epigenetic factors)
  3. Behavioral influences of cancer risk and outcomes
  4. Macro-environmental influences on cancer risk and outcomes (e.g. built environment, carcinogen exposures)

Abstract Submission Guidelines

All scientific abstracts must be submitted with a corresponding “Lay Summary” (see format below). Please type or paste the scientific abstract and lay summary abstract submission form into this link:

Abstract Submission Form

Scientific Abstract Format:

  • Abstracts should not exceed 500 words
  • Title: Use upper case letters
  • Author’s names: List all author’s names, including the submitting author (First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name).
  • Author’s affiliations: Please list first and last initials for each author and their affiliation. Affiliations should include department name, institution, city, state/province/parish and country.

For example:

JD: Department, Institution, City, State/Province/Parish, Country

PE: Department, Institution, City, State/Province/Parish, Country

LR: Department, Institution, City, State/Province/Parish, Country

Text: Include background, methods, results, and conclusion(s).

Lay Summary Format:

Please write in paragraph form, a summary of your abstract (250 word max) in lay language (Flesch-Kincaid grade level <8) i.e in language understandable to the general public.

7th International African-Caribbean

Cancer Consortium Conference

Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston Jamaica

October 11 - 14, 2019



Conference Registration deadline – August 31, 2019


Register Here

CME credits will be provided for attending the conference


There are a lot of attractions available in Kingston for those who wish to sight-see as well as day tours and possible overnight stay packages on the North Coast as well.


We look forward to seeing you in Jamaica in October!

OBSSR Update: Now Accepting Applications for the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in coordination with a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are hosting this training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting D&I research in health across all areas of health and health care. In 2019, the institute will utilize a combination of a 5-month online course (six modules with related assignments) between September 3, 2019 and January, 2020 culminating in a 2-day in-person training to be held January 23-24, 2020, in Bethesda, MD. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts in theory, implementation, and evaluation approaches to D&I; creating partnerships and multilevel, transdisciplinary research teams; research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I; and conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy).

Participants will be expected to return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned at the institute to help further the field of D&I research (e.g., giving talks, leading seminars, forming new collaborations, mentoring, submitting D&I grant proposals, etc.).

Application deadline: Sunday, June 23, 2019

For a background on the training institute, please see this article published January 24, 2013: "The U.S. training institute for dissemination and implementation research in health." Implementation Science 2013 8:12.

For more information and to apply, visit the TIDIRH 2019 website

For questions about the training please contact OBSSR program staff at

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2010 Meeting - Miami, Florida

"Building Capacity to Address Cancer Health Disparities in Populations of African Descent". 
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