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Summer School on CANCER REGISTRATION: Principles and Methods

International Agency for Research on Cancer – Korean National Cancer Center

Joint Summer School on CANCER REGISTRATION: Principles and Methods

11 – 13 July 2022 Goyang, Republic of Korea [Virtual online course]

Target Participants: The course is intended for health professionals working in cancer registration. The course targets up to 30 participants from South, South-East and East Asia. Priority is given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries who are involved in the process of establishing or strengthening a population-based cancer registry. All participants must be fluent in English, the working language of the course.

Background: Population-based cancer registration is a basic element of cancer control, making possible the rational use of resources as well as the identification of areas in need of research. Within the framework of the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR), the International Agency for Research on Cancer together with the Korean National Cancer Center (NCC) and its Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy (GSCSP) are pleased to announce another edition of the IARC – NCC summer school on cancer registration. Faculty will be compromised of staff from IARC, NCC and GSCSP.

Due to continued COVID related travel restrictions, the training will be offered entirely as a virtual online course.

Aim: The course will focus on the fundamentals of planning and developing populationbased cancer registries. Upon completion, it is intended that participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of population-based cancer registration and the primary uses of cancer registry data
  • Identify the key sources of information for a cancer registry
  • Apply methods of case-finding, data abstraction, coding, classification and quality control
  • Explain how cancer registry data are used in descriptive epidemiology
  • Make use of available IARC online databases in the Global Cancer Observatory
  • Access networks of support through the GICR and the Korean NCC

Application Process: Interested professionals are invited to submit their application through the online form or through the IARC Education and Training Website.

There is no registration fee for the course.

The application deadline is 17 June 2022.

New ENCR Representative to IACR

Following the end of term of Dr. Michael Eden (Public Health England) at the Steering Committee of the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR), it is our pleasure to announce to the IACR Membership that Dr. Volker Arndt has been appointed as the new ENCR Representative for IACR.  As ENCR Representative, Dr Arndt joins the IACR Board of Directors.

Dr Volker Arndt is currently the Director of Epidemiological Cancer Registry Baden-Württemberg, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany and also serves as Head of Unit of Cancer Survivorship, German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg.

Welcome to the IACR Board, Dr Volker Arndt and many thanks to Michael Eden!


NCRA Annual Educational Conference Scholarship

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April Fritz Memorial Fund

NCRA Annual Educational Conference Scholarship


The NCRA Education Foundation is partnering with NCRA to provide scholarships for virtual attendance to the NCRA 2022 Annual Educational Conference with support from the April Fritz Memorial Fund.

The scholarships are intended for cancer surveillance professionals working in low resource nations specifically.

The scholarship will provide virtual access to NCRA’s 2022 Educational Conference to be held on 7-9 April 2022 along with “on demand” viewing of all sessions presented until 31st May 2022.

Applications will be accepted through 1st March 2022.

Candidates selected for the scholarships will be notified via email by 15 March 2022.

To learn more about the NCRA Educational Conference visit: 2022 NCRA Annual Conference (ncra-usa.org)

To apply for a scholarship please complete the scholarship application by 1st March 2022: Apply


About April Fritz, RHIT, CTR: April Fritz’s name is interwoven throughout the story of cancer surveillance. As an employee in both the public and private sectors and as a volunteer to many nonprofits, April played a pivotal role advancing cancer surveillance and, in turn, improving public health worldwide. April’s passion extended well beyond the U.S. and as an active IACR member, volunteer and educator we feel this scholarship embodies April’s enthusiasm to promote knowledge and education.

Dr Jacques Estève: A Tribute

We at IACR announce the passing of our colleague Dr. Jacques Estève who passed away on 20 February 2022.

He was a titan in the field of descriptive epidemiology, and continues to have a huge influence on our daily work. Dr Estève worked at the IARC from 1977 served as its Head of Biostatistics Research and Informatics.  He was a remarkable mathematician and described new methods to calculate cancer survival and to estimate national cancer incidence rates using national and regional cancer mortality data. Dr Estève edited or made important contributions to many of  IARC's Scientific Publications, most notably:

Read IARC's obituary here.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on population-based cancer registries

Results of the COVID-19 and Cancer Registries Survey now published in the International Journal of Cancer (Open Access)

In May 2020, we sent out a survey on the impact of the pandemic to IACR registry mailing list:  about 750 cancer registries in 160 countries. They survey comprised 33 questions and was administered online using Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap). There were 230 registries that participated by sending in their response.

The full report and results of the survey is in the virtual issue of the International Journal of Cancer for World Cancer Day 2022 [Link to Article

The report concludes that the impact of COVID-19 on cancer surveillance systems such as cancer registries revealed disparities evident in low-income settings. Strategic preparedness plans suggested were:  long-term governmental support for registries' infrastructure, expansion to electronic medical record reporting, an increase in passive data collection. These actions may limit the impact of the pandemic on current and future cancer patients and assure the sustainability of cancer registries.

The authors again acknowledge the collaboration with of the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) and the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry development (GICR) for this investigation and thank all registries for their contribution.

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