GO volunteers are supernatural. Read about their work, what motivates them, and why they are an inspiration to GO and our community.
"I think The GO Map is a fascinating tool. I was impressed to see that the NIH research projects we are involved in were there, and that we could also see how many other people had fantastic projects in the country, of which we were not aware. Sometimes we might be in a country and would not be aware of different projects that are taking place, and this an excellent tool that allows us to know what other colleagues/organizations are working on the field of cancer in the country; potentially allowing groups to interact and expand networks within the cancer/research community."
Mauricio Maza, MD, MPH., Chief Medical Officer of Basic Health International
"The poor bear a disproportionate burden of the world's cancer cases and deaths and lack access to the majority of the global resources dedicated to fighting cancer. The Global Cancer Project Map takes an important step toward addressing this inequity. By helping the global cancer community link research, service, and training efforts in settings across the globe, the Map will enable more effective research and better care delivery for all the patients who need it—wherever they are."
Paul Farmer M.D., Co-founder and chief strategist of nonprofit global health organization Partners In Health; Kolokotrones University Professor; chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
"I ALWAYS use GO as the prime example of a non-profit that is making great strides in the global community. Unless we know who is out in the global oncology community and what they’re doing we’ll never be able to logically link synergistic initiatives and begin to gain momentum in the global fight against cancer. Historically I’ve always felt frustration around the fact that there seems to be an endless number of “one off” initiatives being worked on by discreet entities. When I bring up the GO website and highlight the examples there and the fact that we can actually use this tool to bring global visibility to ALL of the oncology projects out there it never fails that someone in the audience says “I had no idea that study was happening in Africa!” In smaller groups we typically explore around the globe a bit and see what else we don’t know! It’s always been an eye-opening exercise for me. If this tool were to be leveraged to the degree that we could see even 50% of everything that was happening in the world with cancer care we would immediately begin to see momentum build exponentially! This is the take-home message I hammer in as we wrap up the GO site tour.
I’ll further add that as a medical device company we rely on our relationships with organizations like GO to help us ensure that our customers in emerging markets are aware of the fact that they are part of a larger global oncology community! Knowing who is in that community and what they’re working on is a HUGE part of the equation."
Jon Hollon, Elekta
"When I started medical school in 2013, I found it quite challenging to find opportunities to combine my interests in global health and pediatric oncology. In fact, many had told me that what I wanted to do didn’t exist and that I wouldn’t find any work within global health pediatric oncology. I couldn’t accept that answer, and I was determined to find opportunities to fulfill my career aspirations, and I was thrilled to find Global Oncology during the spring of my first year.
At that time, GO's website featured an interview that was conducted with Dr. Paula Friedrich, a pediatric oncologist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA who spoke about her work with pediatric cancer in Central America. I immediately sent her an email to see if I could meet with her. That email changed my professional life forever. After meeting Dr. Friedrich, I started to work with her and Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo at the Dana Farber Global Health Initiative on a program for early detection of retinoblastoma in Guatemala. The mentorship that Dr. Friedrich and Dr. Rodriguez-Galindo have provided me has set me on a career path that I cherish, and has shown me that I can have a career in global health pediatric oncology. I feel very lucky to have found my passion within medicine, and I have Global Oncology to thank for connecting me with these amazing mentors."
Nithin Shrivastava, MD Candidate Class of 2017, University of Massachusetts Medical School