Global Oncology

Inaugural Global Oncology Symposium

Full Event Program

May 21, 2024:

In-Person Symposium and Networking (3-7 pm)
An event to foster collaborations and growth

Explore the global challenges and disparities in cancer care and discover how UW and the NIH are actively working to address these issues

Presentations in Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) – Lecture Hall 1335 followed by networking reception with food and drink in HSLC atrium

Flash Talks | HSLC Lecture Hall 1335


Topics include survivorship in Brazil, cancer registries in Ethiopia, cancer epidemiology in Scandinavia, and global medical physics research

           Keynote | Satish Gopal, MD, MPH


 Networking Reception & Digital Posters| HSLC Atrium Lobby

6:00-7:00pm –Appetizers & beverages will be served

May 22, 2024:

UW Carbone Grand Rounds (8-9 am)
This is a hybrid event

HSLC – Lecture Hall 1306

Guest Speaker:

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Global Health,
National Cancer Institute

Ending Cancer as we know it everywhere:
The Role of the NCI Center for Global Health


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Call for Posters

Abstract deadline: Friday, May 3, 2024

Abstract submission form

The Global Oncology (GO) Program at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) announce a Call for Digital Posters for the Inaugural Global Oncology Symposium.  The symposium takes place 3:00-7:00pm on May 21 and will be held in lecture hall 1335 and the atrium lobby of the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC), 750 Highland Ave. Our keynote speaker is Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, the Director of the Center for Global Health at The National Cancer Institute (NCI).

UW-Madison faculty, staff, students, trainees, and partners who are addressing global health and oncology are invited to submit digital poster abstracts. The symposium hopes to highlight global health oncology practices and research from UW-Madison faculty and partners.

Prior to the keynote address, Dr. Syed Nabeel Zafar, Global Oncology Program Lead, will kick off the symposium featuring presentations from the following: Dr. Robert Striker, Dr. Taylor Jaraczewski, Dr. Robert Jeraj, Dr. Muhammed Murtaza, Andres Cardona Rios, Loyda Braithwaite, NP; Dr. Adedayo Onitilo, Dr. Noelle LoConte, Dr. Sofia Refetoff, Katerina Zahed, and Dr. Cibele Barbosa Carroll.

The symposium will take place in-person and online. Following presentations from keynote and faculty speakers, the evening concludes with a networking reception and digital poster presentation.

Abstract requirements

  • Abstracts are limited to 300 words.
  • Submissions must by made via the submission form
  • The deadline for abstract submission  is Friday, May 3, 2024.
  • You will be notified of the status of your application by May 6th.


Digital Poster requirements


The Global Oncology Symposium is open and free of charge to the university and wider community. We look forward to receiving your abstract and highlighting UW-Madison and the work to address global oncology health.

Global Oncology Grants (request for Proposals- RFP)

This new award seeks to support innovative projects by new investigators, and well-established researchers keen on global oncology. This award supports 1-year seed/pilot grants between $10,000 to $25,000 each. We anticipate awarding several projects for the 2024 cycle.

This award will support new, unfunded, potentially transformative ideas, involving different disciplines/programs or technologies that are aimed to improve cancer care in low-and-middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank 2022 report). We encourage applications from both current global health investigators who wish to pursue global oncology-related work and from new investigators. These applications will be internally peer-reviewed to competitively select awardees. There will be no renewal for this award. Awardees will be required to submit a progress report and present their work to members of the global oncology program.

To learn more – please attend the inaugural UW Global Oncology Symposium, 3-7pm on May 21st and view the RFP for more information.

Grant Eligibility and Submission Details:

A. Eligibility: Single PI proposals must be a UWCCC member and should hold a faculty position at UW-Madison. For proposals with more than one PI, at least one PI needs to be a UWCCC member; other PI(s) can be from outside of the UWCCC or outside the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Scientist researchers, who are not faculty or don’t have permanent PI status, may apply with a PI who meets faculty and UWCCC membership eligibility. Affiliate members of the UWCCC can submit projects in collaboration with a faculty member at UW-Madison. Projects involving collaborations across the different schools within the UW system are encouraged. Industry collaborators are also welcome, but their roles will be unfunded. An investigator from an LMIC should be part of the research team.

B. Letter of Intent (1-page max) Due Date: Monday June 10, 2024 by 5pm CST.  The letter of intent will not be used to judge submissions but will be used to plan the review process. Changes between the submission of the letter and the final proposal are allowed within reason.

Submit LOI Here

C. Grant Proposal Application: Due Date Monday August 5th, 2024 by 5pm CST.

Submit Proposal Here

Mission Statement

The mission of the Global Oncology Program within UW-Madison’s Carbone Cancer Center is to foster partnerships between faculty and trainees across campus and with other national and international institutions, with the goal of addressing disparities in cancer care within low- and middle-income countries through research, education, outreach, capacity building, policymaking, and technological innovations.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to reduce disparities and improve cancer health outcomes for all people.


The Global Oncology Program at UWCCC was launched in 2021 in an effort to streamline communication and research happening at a global scale at UWCCC. This program aims to:

  • Increase partnerships and collaboration opportunities between researchers at UWCCC and other institutions
  • Catalogue, highlight, and promote ongoing international cancer activities within UW
  • Develop a Global Oncology community in Madison through networking events, seminars, conferences, workshops, and other educational activities
  • Promote Global Oncology research, capacity building, and outreach efforts by supporting funding opportunities for those wanting to pursue cancer control efforts in LMICs

Leadership Team


Credentials: PROGRAM LEAD

Position title: Assistant Professor - Surgical Oncology


Syed Nabeel Zafar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Zafar conducts health services research and research on global oncology/global surgery.


Position title: Associate Professor


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Dr. Noelle LoConte is a faculty member in the Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care in the Department of Medicine. She leads the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Outreach, Cancer Control and…

Muhammed Murtaza

Position title: Associate Professor - Surgical Oncology


Muhammed Murtaza is an Associate Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology. He is also Principal Investigator of the Murtaza Lab.

Adeyo Onitillo

Position title: Clinical Adjunct Professor


Dr. Onitilo is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology and hospice and palliative medicine. He earned his medical degree at Ogun State University in Nigeria. He did his residency at Columbia University, College…


Position title: Assistant Professor (CHS)


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES Dr. Moniba Nazeef is a faculty member in the Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care within the Department of Medicine. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the…


Position title: Professor, Medical Physics and Human Oncology


Global medical physics research mentorship – Global research and scientific education leadership within the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) – Global clinical trials (e.g., Africa) – Development and assistance in Development of undergraduate…

Membership Information

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