In the last 50 years UICC has awarded over 4000 fellowships to cancer professionals from over 140 different countries.
In 2020, even though the Technical Fellowships and Bourses pour l'Afrique Francophone programmes were closes for almost six months due to the global pandemic, 53 applications were received and 28 Fellows were awarded. Please see below for more details.
To ensure the Fellowships programme continues to meet high standards, Fellows' experiences are monitored through surveys and case studies.
In July 2020, 160 Fellows were surveyed a year or more after their fellowship visits. Of the 104 respondents:
Fellows would recommend
going on a fellowship visit
Fellows consider the fellowship led to an improvement in the
quality of their organisation’s cancer care services
Fellows are still in contact with their host supervisor
a year after their fellowship
Fellows considered the fellowship contributed positively to their professional growth,
with 87% given greater responsibilities or a promotion as a result
Fellows considered that the skills and knowledge
gained during their fellowship
had a positive impact (direct or indirect) on cancer patients
Fellows shared the skills and knowledge gained
during their fellowship visit with ten or more colleagues
The follow articles showcase how our fellows have contributed to key cancer control priority areas through their fellowship projects.
Three UICC fellows share how their fellowships helped them to improve the much needed support they provide to improve the quality of life of their patients.
UICC fellowships have supported projects for prevention and early diagnosis of cancer since the 1950's from the development of vaccines to improving screening techniques.
Doctor Alinon from Togo shares his personal experience of his UICC fellowship visit to Congo-Brazzaville with the aim of strengthening patient management and palliative care services in his country.
Dr Anton Ryzhov works as a senior scientist at the National Cancer Institute and Registry of Ukraine. In 2018 he was awarded a Yamagiwa Yoshida Memorial International Study Grant to visit International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France for a three month research project to analyze data on incidence and stage distributions of breast and cervical cancers in the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, to compare with selected EU countries, and interpret the collected data in context of cancer control.
His findings were published online on 5 Feburary 2021, click here to access it. The results demonstrate modest progress in early detection of breast cancer in the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. For cervical cancer, there is a need to tackle the high burden and unfavourable stage-specific changes over time in the region. A radical shift in national policies towards organised, population-based, quality-assured human papillomavirus vaccination and screening programmes is urgently needed.
As a result of her fellowship visit to Ohio State University in 2018, Dr Wafaa Rashed, from the Children’s Cancer Hospital, Cairo, Egypt has published an article in Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology on using MET RNA expression as a biomarker for tivantinib and crizotinib targeted therapy in HCC.
Eveline Tata Mayaah, co-founder and chairperson of Humanity at Heart International visited a UICC member organisation in Kenya, women4cancer Early Detection and Treatment, and descibes how she has applied new skills in cervical cancer prevention to her work in Cameroon.
Dr Mingyang Song is an epidemiologist working on colorectal cancer at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, USA. In 2017, he was awarded a Yamagiwa Yoshida Memorial International Study Grant to visit Prof Jonas F Ludvigsson at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden for a collaborative three month project to investigate the long-term incidence and mortality rates of patients after colorectal polyp removal. Their results were published in the Lancet where they analysed data from national registries in Sweden of over 170,000 patients, and assessed colorectal cancer incidence and mortality in individuals diagnosed with different subtypes of colorectal polyps. They found that patients with a polyp had an increased colorectal cancer incidence and mortality and that the risk increase was greater for more advanced polyps. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langas/article/PIIS2468-1253(20)30009-1/fulltext
"This work would not be possible without the support of the UICC Yamagiwa-Yoshida International Memorial Study Grant. The Fellowship allowed me to visit Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson at Karolinska Institutet for data acquisition, analysis and reporting. That visit also built the pivotal basis for our continued collaboration."
Ferdinant Mbiydzenyuy, programme manager and Florence Manjuh, nurse and supervisor from UICC member organisaton Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services visited the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Jordan to learn about breast cancer service delivery
Doctor Maysa Silveira from A.C Carmargo Cancer Centre, São Paulo, Brazil visited the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada as a UICC fellow to explore new practices for breast cancer patients.
Zarina Sautbayeva was selected as one of the “100 New Faces of Kazakhstan" project which lists the most outstanding people of Kazakhstan that the nation is proud of.
In 2016 she visited Harvard Medical School in the US for a research fellowship focussing on the characterization of extracellular vesicles from glioblastoma. Currently, she holds the position of Biology Instructor at the School of Science and Technology of Nazarbayev University.
Watch the video below to find out more about her fellowship and current research activities.
Following completion of their fellowship, our fellows share their experience and learnings through case studies to promote best practices and collaboration within the cancer community.
Please click the link below to access recent case studies about UICC awarded Fellows and their fellowship visits.
We would love to hear about your experiences with UICC's fellowship programmes, whether you have been a Fellow or host supervisor. Download the guidelines and send your articles and case studies to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms Sokhna Ndiaye is a pediatric psycho-oncologist working at UICC member organistion University Hospital Aristide Le Dantec, Senegal. In 2015 she visited Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer center in New York for a fellowship on "Addressing Pediatric Cancer and Palliative Care in Africa: The Urgent Need for Psychosocial Support Services". In 2017 she was host supervisor to Mr Eric Kabisa, from Rwanda Palliative care Organisation, Rwanda during his Bourse pour l'Afrique Francophone (BAF) fellowship in Senegal.
"I am a strong advocate for sharing practices. We don't all need to go through trial and error or reinvent the wheel. However, it is important to adapt the knowledge acquired to the realities of our low resources settings for our skills to be useful. I have personally very much benefited from my UICC fellowship in the US. So much so that I have encouraged and helped my colleague in Senegal apply for a UICC fellowship himself and it has been approved. Currently, I am supporting a colleague who lives in Cameroun to apply too. Two years after my return from my fellowship, I have hosted a fellowship candidate from Rwanda. That is what I call knowledge transfer; of which I am a strong advocate."
– Sokhna Ndiaye
"This experience will facilitate the training of nursing staff and health care professionals in our setting regarding communicating with patients, and the holistic aspect of supportive care and ways of counselling."
"Being a UICC fellow is an outstanding opportunity to sharpen skills across different areas of cancer research and receive exceptional training to become a leader in the field of cancer control. It is also a valuable route to furthering career development, adding value to the work of one’s home institution and expanding professional networks."