AMC International Activities

AMC International Activities PIs (left to right): Dr. Jackson Orem, Dr. Naftali Busakhala, Dr. Margaret Borok-Williams, Dr. Susan Krown

Committee Information

The AMC International Activities Committee was established as a subcommittee of the AMC Executive Committee in November 2010 following selection of the AMC’s four new African core sites.  Current AMC African core sites include:

  • African Cancer Institute at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  • Uganda Cancer Institute, Kampala, Uganda
  • UNC Project-Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

The committee includes representatives from each of our African sites and U.S.-based investigators with relevant expertise for the development of our international clinical trials program, including individuals with extensive experience in African clinical trials and development of laboratory infrastructure.

Mission Statement

The mission of the International Activities Committee is to facilitate the integration of our African sites into the AMC.  This includes logistical, training and protocol implementation functions.   These include:  (1) Working with protocol teams, disease-specific working groups and our international partners to develop pragmatic therapeutic protocols that address questions relevant to optimal management of HIV-associated malignancies in SSA;  (2) ensuring regulatory, safety, ethical and GCP-based trial conduct; (3) ensuring availability of study drugs of known potency and consistent quality; (4) identifying and addressing site logistical barriers, such as transportation for patients and communications;  (5) supporting capacity building activities, including training of healthcare, pharmacy and research personnel and building pathology and laboratory capacity;  and, (5) facilitating the procurement of samples from protocol participants for relevant biological and mechanistic studies.

The group meets via monthly conference calls.  The group leadership also interacts on a regular basis with the OERC and to insure a voice for local community representatives in the protocol development process and provide relevant educational opportunities.

AMC International Community Advisory Board Mission

The Mission of the AMC International Community Representatives is to provide broad community input into the scientific research of the AMC. The AMC international community strives to:

  • Ensure that AMC scientific priorities reflect the needs of all people living with HIV/AIDS malignancies in international settings.
  • Promote the inclusion of all populations in clinical trials.
  • Advocate for innovative, efficient, and timely clinical trials.
  • Protect the interests of research participants.
  • Facilitate transfer of international community concerns to AMC members.