SIOP AFRICA 2022 Keynote Speaker
Physician, Oncologist, Researcher, Chairman Board of Directors at UCI & Board Chair - Nsambya Hospital
Professor Charles Mark Lwanga Olweny, is a Ugandan physician, oncologist, academic and medical researcher. The Professor has written over 20 books and over 120 professional articles. He is currently the Chairman Board of Directors at Uganda Cancer Institute and also Board Chair Nsambya Hospital.
Professor Olweny attended St. Peter’s College Tororo, for his O-Level education (S1-S4). He attended St. Mary’s College Kisubi for his A-Level classes (S5-S6). In 1961, Olweny joined Makerere University School of Medicine, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), in 1966. Later, he obtained the degree of Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine (MMed). He followed that with the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), all from Makerere University. Olweny’s chosen speciality is medical oncology.
Charles Olweny served as the first Ugandan Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, from 1972 until 1982. Under his stewardship, the team of Ugandan medical researchers were the first group to demonstrate that liver cancer could be successfully treated with chemotherapy using the drug doxorubicin, which is still the mainstay of treatment for liver cancer today. They were also able to confirm that Burkitt lymphoma could be cured with a high dose of chemotherapy and showed that the same was true for childhood Hodgkin disease. They documented the incidence of endemic Kaposi’s sarcoma in children and conducted clinical trials on how to treat it.
During the same timeframe, Olweny served – first as a lecturer, then senior lecturer and later as professor of Medicine – in the Faculty of Internal Medicine, at Makerere University School of Medicine, serving as head of department, from 1979 until when he left the country for Australia due to political insurgencies in 1982.
While in Australia, he served as clinical professor at the Department of Medicine & Surgery, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. He also served as Senior Director for Medical Oncology, Cancer Control Programme, Royal Adelaide Hospital.
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Medical Oncologist & Executive Director - Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI)
Dr. Jackson Orem is a medical oncologist and Executive Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI).
UCI is a teaching and research institute of the Government of Uganda under the Ministry of Health
affiliated with Makerere University and is spearheading all aspect of cancer research and training in
oncology in Uganda. UCI is designated as the oncology centre of excellence for East Africa which
comprises six countries (Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda).
Dr. Orem is leading the operationalization of the East Africa Centre of Excellence in Oncology (EACOE) at
the Uganda Cancer Institute. The mandate of this is to provide specialized cancer care research and
training for the entire East Africa region under the East African Community (EAC) network of Centers of
He is also leading the development of several international collaborations with renowned international
cancer centres and institutions for infrastructure, human resource capacity development. Such
institutions include Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Case Western
Reserve University, National Cancer Center of Korea (NCC) and lately University of Cambridge.
He is principal investigator in several NIH supported research projects through NIAID, AMC, ACTG and is
recipient of a number of industry supported grants such as GSK funded Open Lab, MERCK, ROCHE. Jackson has strong international collaboration with civil society organizations such as American Cancer
Society (ACS), and is the alternate chair for African Cancer Coalition an initiative with ACS and NCCN to
harmonize cancer treatment guidelines for Sub-Saharan Africa.
He has strong working relationship with IAEA through their support to development of radiotherapy
services for which he is the national lead (counterpart). Jackson is a member of the ASCO International
affairs committee representing Africa, an active member of American Society of Hematology (ASH) and
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).
Dr. Orem is a graduate of Makerere University Kampala, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland
Ohio and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
WHO Representative to Uganda
Dr. Yonas holds a Doctorate degree in Medicine. He has over 35 years of experience in clinical medicine, disaster management, project development and partnership development at different senior technical and managerial levels internationally.
His experience includes working in rural and referral hospitals in Ethiopia, in an international Humanitarian NGO in Rwanda, at WHO Pan African Emergency Training Centre, at WHO Emergency Programme and Country Support programs in Geneva, at WHO South-East Asia Regional Office as partnership lead, as Deputy WHO Representative for India, as WHO Representative to D.P.R Korea, and WHO Representative to Thailand.
He also served as Regional Planning head at the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, based in New Delhi, India, before taking his current position as WHO Representative to Uganda in January 2018.
President of SIOP and Professor of Paediatric Oncology at University College London
Kathy Pritchard-Jones is Professor of Paediatric Oncology, University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK, where she leads clinical and translational research in childhood kidney cancers. As a steering member of the SIOP Renal Tumour Study Group, she has supported design of adapted treatment regimens for Wilms tumour and clinical studies to evaluate their implementation in sub-Saharan African through the CanCare Africa research network.
She is President of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) (2019-2022) at a critical time to support the global implementation of the WHO’s challenge to double childhood cancer survival rates in Low- and Middle-Income Countries from ~30% to 60% by 2030.
She brings her past experience as medical director for an integrated cancer system of healthcare providers serving a multi-ethnic population of 3.5 million in North London to this leadership role.
She has been instrumental in refreshing and expanding SIOP’s new strategy (2021-25) to include a Programme for Advancing the Research Capacity (PARC) for Paediatric Cancer Clinical Trials in LMICs. This is being launched in early 2022. She is a passionate believer in the importance of research being an integral part of care in paediatric oncology in order to continue to make progress and to reduce inequalities. SIOP aims to provide that opportunity to the global paediatric oncology professional community.
Cancer Control focal point Department of Noncommunicable Diseases Division of Universal Health Coverage (Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases) World Health Organization
Dr André Ilbawi is a surgical oncologist who joined the World Health Organization in 2015 and now serves as the focal point for the cancer programme.
In his current position, Dr Ilbawi is responsible for implementation of the 2017 World Health Assembly resolution on cancer prevention and control.
Scientific Director: Hemato-oncology Service, Fundacion Perez Scremini, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Dr Guillermo Chantada is the Scientific Director: Hemato-oncology Service, Fundacion Perez Scremini, Montevideo, Uruguay.
He is also an Associate Physician: Hemato-oncology Service, Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Barcelona, Spain.
Consultant Paediatrician, Advocate for women’s health & First Lady of Kebbi State, Nigeria
Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, is a Consultant Paediatrician and an advocate for women’s health, with a particular focus on cancer.
Dr. Bagudu obtained her Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) degree from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria) and then proceeded to specialize in Paediatrics and Neonatology in the United Kingdom.
She returned to work as a clinician in Northern Nigeria and was confronted with challenges clinicians and patients face with accessing quality medical diagnostic services. In response, she founded the first comprehensive diagnostic medical center in 2009; offering services previously unavailable through the private sector such as computed tomography scan (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), digital x-rays and molecular laboratory services.
Her decision to help change this narrative gave rise to Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF), a platform that is committed to increasing cancer awareness and promoting the adoption of preventive healthy lifestyle whilst and easing access to diagnostic and treatment services for cancer patients. MCF has worked with partners over the last 13 years to raise over 2million US dollars to address gaps in the quality of cancer care in Nigeria.
Dr Bagudu is passionate about bringing attention to the inequalities of cancer care in the global south and convinced that accelerating improvements requires synergy between policymakers the private sector and advocates. She currently serves on the board of the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) towards this objective.
She is also the Chairperson of First Ladies Against Cancer (FLAC), a coalition of the spouses of current and former state governors in Nigeria who are working to address gaps in the cancer continuum of care. FLAC advocates for the adoption and full implementation of Universal Health Coverage by all levels of government in Nigeria as a critical pathway to accelerating access to quality healthcare services.
In her role as the First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr Bagudu is working with the state ministries of health, education, and women affairs to implement programmes to sustainably improve menstrual hygiene, girl-child education, economic empowerment of women, and put an end to gender-based violence.
Medical Doctor & Oncology Supervisor - Cameroon Baptist Convention, Cameroon
Kouya is a 53 year old Cameroonian medical doctor who graduated from Medical school in 1999.
She then started working at the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services in 2002.
The Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services Hospital are located in very remote areas were majority of young physicians decline to work. She took on the task at one of their hospitals With Dr Peter Antony McCormick a retired physician from UK and was assigned the Paediatric unit.
It is in that Paediatric unit that she got involved with children with cancer. In 2003 she was introduced to Professor Hesseling from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) who became her mentor, and taught her a lot in Paediatric oncology.
She then completed a 4 year training in Internal Medicine in Cameroon in 2012 and from 2015 she spent 2 years in Stellenbosch University where she had a 6 months rotation in Tygerberg Children Hospital under the supervision of Prof Mariam Kruger.
Dr Kouya is very proud that today the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services have a Comprehensive Paediatric oncology UNIT which she leads. The children in need and their parents are able to receive paediatric oncology and so do not need to travel to the capital to get care.
She currently has been appointed as the Oncology Supervisor of the Cameroon Baptist Convention.
Under her supervision and leadership, about 2000 children have been treated with cancer, with a survival rate of about 50%.
Pediatric neuro-oncologist at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Jordan
Dr Amayiri is a pediatric neuro-oncologist at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Jordan.
She completed her Higher Specialization in Pediatrics from the Jordan University of Science & Technology and then completed her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at KHCC.
She was immediately appointed there as in charge of the pediatric neuro-oncology service.
With enthusiasm and determination, she received LIFe award from Conquer Cancer Foundation /ASCO in 2016 which enabled her to finish her pediatric Neuro-Oncology fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children /Toronto.
Dr Amayiri has several publications about outcome of children with CNS tumors at KHCC.
Her main clinical interest is how to improve the quality of life of children with CNS tumors in a resource limited country.
SIOP Africa President. Consultant Paediatric Oncologist. Director Paediatric Oncology, Uganda Cancer Institute.
Dr Joyce Balagadde Kambugu is a Consultant Peadiatric Oncologist. She Heads the Children’s Department at Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). She is also the incoming Continental President of the International Society of Peadiatric Oncology (SIOP Africa). With more than 10 years’ experience in the field Joyce is a passionate advocate for childhood cancer in developing countries and believes that every child with cancer deserves the best treatment possible within the confines of available resources in their country. Joyce holds a master’s degree in Pediatrics and Child health from Makerere University and a Certificate of Medical Oncology from the University of Cape town.
Head of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
Prof Jennifer Geel is the head of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital and former chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Control and Prevention.
She is passionate about improving the survival and quality of life of children with cancer in Africa. She spent two years in clinical research settings in Cape Town and London before specialising in paediatrics and subspecialising in paediatric oncology.
She has a strong interest in stem cell transplantation and is the principal investigator of the SA National Hodgkin lymphoma group. Prof Geel is the secretary–general of the Africa division of the International Paediatric Oncology Society (SIOP) and former co-chair of the Education and Training Working Group of SIOP Global Health Network.
Prof Geel is an executive committee member of the South African Children’s Cancer Study Group and a member of SASCeTS, the South African Stem Cell Transplant Society: each of these societies are responsible for bolstering research in paediatric care. Currently she is involved in research concerning retinoblastoma, germ cell tumours, neuroblastoma and Covid effects on referrals to specialist centres.
She founded a non-profit organization, CARE (Cancer Awareness, Research and Education) for Kids with Cancer, to fund collaborative research in South Africa.
PhD Fellow in Community Oncology, Lead at Comprehensive Community Cancer Programme (CCCP)
Dr. Mugisha Noleb Mugume studied Human Medicine and Surgery (MB ChB) at Makerere University, Master of Public Health (Global Health) at University of Washington, Seattle, USA and had training in Family Medicine and Cancer Care at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.
He taught Family Medicine at Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, 2008 – 2015. He championed the establishment of cancer prevention services at Uganda Cancer Institute by founding the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program (CCCP) in 2009 which he still leads as a staff member of the Institute’s Research and Training directorate.
He has expertise in teaching, research, cancer care, organizing and overseeing community cancer awareness, screening, and other cancer early detection services.
His research interest is cancer prevention and early detection with a bias in implementation science research.
Currently his is a PhD Fellow in Community Oncology and his PhD research focuses on integrating cervical cancer screening services in HIV care and generating evidence to support sustainability and scaling up of the services using implementation science research approach.
He was head boy in his primary seven at Kashozi Boarding Primary School in Bushenyi district, western Uganda (1993), chairperson of the science club at Ntare School in senior four (1997), vice chairperson of the science club in senior six at Namilyango College (1999), president of Makerere University Medical Students’ Association - MUMSA (2004-200).
He currently leads the Comprehensive Community Cancer Programme (CCCP) at Uganda Cancer Institute and writing of the first Uganda National Cancer Control Plan (UNCCP).
Public health professional, historian, and anthropologist
Marissa Mika, PhD, MHS is a public health professional, historian, and anthropologist.
She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society.
In 2019, she served as the founding Head of Humanities and Social Sciences and Assistant Professor at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Fellow on Chronic Disease in Africa at University College London from 2016 to 2018.
Her book, Africanizing Oncology, is an innovative contemporary history that blends insights from a variety of disciplines to highlight how a storied African cancer institute has shaped lives and identities in postcolonial Uganda.
Head of Pediatric Oncology Department & Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the children cancer hospital of Egypt (CCHE-57357)
Prof. Alaa El-Haddad is an eminent professor of pediatric hematology-oncology and stem cell transplant and is one of the leading experts in the field. He is currently working as the head of Pediatric Oncology Department & Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the children cancer hospital of Egypt (CCHE-57357).
He served as the ex-dean of the National Cancer Institute, Cairo University for four years and he is the Head of the African BMT society at present. In addition, he is a board member of several regional and international scientific and academic societies.
He has several publications in prestigious journals about outcome of children with hematological malignancies and after transplant.
His main areas of interest include Bone Marrow Transplantation for hematological disorders and targeted therapies for pediatric malignancies.
Head of Pediatric Hematology Oncology department at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center of Rabat
Prof. Laila Hessissen is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Medical School of Rabat, Morocco, where she has been a faculty member since 2000. She also works as a head of Pediatric Hematology Oncology department at the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center of Rabat.
She is the newly elected president of the Francophone-African Group of Pediatric Oncology (GFAOP), and the past Continental President of SIOP-Africa.
Since 2014, she has been involved in the creation and supervision of a Certified Diploma of Pediatric Oncology for clinicians in Francophone African Countries. This program takes place at the Mohammed 5 University of Rabat, and is recognized by the Paris-Sud University in France. Through this program, she has developed the e-learning platform dedicated to pediatric oncology in Francophone Africa (www.e-gfaop.org ).
Programs Director at Uganda Child Cancer Foundation. Cancer Survivor
Moses Echodu is a graduate of Makerere University in Uganda. He graduated with a Bachelors in Information Technology.
Moses Echodu is a childhood cancer survivor of over 20 years. He received his treatment from the Uganda Cancer Institute by then the Cancer ward in Mulago in 1998. Moses has been an advocate for improved cancer care for children with cancer in Uganda since 2014.
Moses Echodu currently works as the Programs Director at Uganda Child Cancer Foundation an organization set out to provide pysco-social support to children suffering from cancer, advocate for better health care and management for children with cancer.
He is a fellow of the Persons Living with NCDs Advocacy Fellowship with NCDI Poverty Network. Moses is a survivor of the Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
Chair of Health Policy Planning & Management (HPPM) department and Director SPEED Project and the Center for Health Policy and Systems Development (CHPSD) at Makerere University School of Public Health
Prof. Freddie Ssengooba is an Associate Professor of Health Economics and Health Systems Management with over 20 years of teaching and research in health policy and systems.
He is the Chair of Health Policy Planning & Management (HPPM) department and Director SPEED Project and the Center for Health Policy and Systems Development (CHPSD) at Makerere University School of Public Health.
As a director of SPEED Project - a program of applied policy analyses to support universal coverage in Uganda, Prof Ssengooba leads a partnership of agencies to respond to policy problems and demand for advice from the government of Uganda.
He is a seasoned researcher in health systems and policy.
Prof. Ssengooba is well embedded in the national and regional health and development discourses, think-tank taskforces and as advisory boards for health agencies like National Planning Authority, WHO-Afro, Wellcome Trust, KEMRI and Health Systems Global.
Chief Nursing Officer-Oncology Zambia. Founding president of the Zambia Oncology Nurses Society,
Ms Biemba started working as a Registered Nurse in 1999 rising over the years, and ranks to Chief Nursing Officer Oncology from 2016 to date at the Cancer Diseases Hospital.
In her 13 years of cancer care practice, she has presented at several international conferences such as the International Conference on Cancer Nursing, ONS Congress, AORTIC, MD Anderson's Global Academic Platform, ECSACON, Best of ASCO and local ones such as the National Cancer and Palliative Care Conference. She has championed the development of BSc Oncology Nursing and Advanced Diploma in Registered Oncology Nursing 2016-2018 and Zambia has students in training. She is part of the SIOP steering committee developing the paediatric oncology nursing curriculum for SSA. She is Zambia's nurse lead for WHO-GICC program.
Ms Biemba has served on the APJON editorial board from 2016 to date. Over the years she has participated in many research initiatives both local and international with publications in CJON, ecancer, sarjnhc, cancer. She served as a research nurse coordinator on a NIH funded study. She contributed to the development of strategic and policy documents at national level such as Nursing and Midwifery Protocols, National Cancer Control Strategic Plan, National Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan, Palliative Care Strategic Plan, Early Breast Cancer Diagnosis Manual, Palliative Care Training Manual and served as an examiner for the General Nursing Council of Zambia.
She is the founding president of the Zambia Oncology Nurses Society, and has served on the Internal Society of Nurses in Cancer Care member Council and the East Central and Southern African College of Nursing Clinical Practice Faculty.
Head - BioInnovate Africa, Former Assistant Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology
Dr. Julius Ecuru heads BioInnovate Africa, a regional science and innovation-driven network at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), which supports scientists to translate biological-based ideas, inventions and technologies into practical uses in society. Prior to joining icipe, Dr. Ecuru was Assistant Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, where he helped establish a coherent system for the conduct of research and advancement of science in Uganda and contributed significantly to science and technology policy reforms in the country.
Dr. Ecuru studies the theory and practice of innovation systems that foster sustainable development. He also contributes to academic work in the chemical and bioengineering sciences and participates in regulatory science and research ethics capacity development in Africa. Dr. Ecuru has a BSc (Chemistry) Honors and MSc from Makerere University, Kampala, and a Ph.D. in Technology from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden, and an MBA from the United States International University-Africa. He is a Fogarty Bioethics Fellow, having also received a postgraduate diploma in International Research Ethics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Executive Director - Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD)
Ms. Kiyange, the Executive Director of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), has more than 20 years of work experience in the health social welfare sectors. At CEHURD she continues to spearhead the cause for social justice in health and human rights within health systems, with the realisation of the right to health for all people, especially those furthest behind at the forefront. For more than 15 years before joining CEHURD, Ms. Kiyange worked in the field of palliative care at the national, regional and global level with institutions that include the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and Hospice Africa Uganda.
Ms Kiyange is a renowned passionate advocate for control, management and care. She is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI); a member of the Board of Directors of Kawempe Homecare Programme, which is a community based Non-Governmental Organisation focusing on HIV/AIDS and/or Cancer in children and a member of the Advisory Committee of Global Partners in Care in the USA. She has previously served on the Boards of other organisations, including: International Children’s’ Palliative Care Network; Palliative Care Association of Uganda; the National Association of Social Workers of Uganda and School Management Committees.
Ms Kiyange has worked and accumulated experience in management and leadership areas that include: programme development; leadership and management in the health and social service sectors at the national, regional and global level.
Ms Kiyange holds a Masters of Public Health with University College Cork, Ireland and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Protection with the same University. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sector Planning and Management of Makerere University, Kampala and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and Social Administration of the same University.
Lecturer - Department of Child Health, University of Ghana Medical School. Lead consultant - Paediatric Oncology Unit (POU) at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra.
Lorna Awo Renner MB. CHB, Dip Heath Econs (Curtin University), MPH (Liverpool), FRCPCH (UK), FGCPS, is a lecturer in the Department of Child Health, University of Ghana Medical School.
She is the lead Consultant in charge of the Paediatric Oncology Unit (POU) at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra and the Deputy Head of the West African Genetics Medicine Centre, University of Ghana.
Head of Paediatric Haematology-Oncolology Service, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital
Professor Davidson (MBChB, FCPaed, CMO, MPhil) is the head of the Paediatric Haematology-Oncology Service at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and the University of Cape Town. His clinical and research interests include paediatric brain tumours, HIV-related cancers, genetic predisposition syndromes, stem cell transplantation for primary immunodeficiency and adapted therapy regimens for low- and middle-income settings. He co-chairs the South African Paediatric Brain Tumour Workshop and serves as the vice-president of the Society for NeuroOncology’s Sub-Saharan Africa branch. Having served as the co-chair of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology’s Global Health Network (PODC) he now chairs the Advocacy committee.
Associate Professor of pediatric hematology/oncology, National cancer Institute; Cairo University
Dr Hammad has been working in the field of pediatric hematology/oncology since 2005. He specialized in pediatric stem cell transplantation since 2010. He is an Associate Professor of pediatric hematology/oncology, National cancer Institute; Cairo University since 2013 and a Consultant of pediatric hematology/oncology, Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE-57357) since 2013.
He is a Fellow of pediatric stem cell transplant, Freiburg University, Germany (2014-2015) and completed a Master of advanced oncology, Ulm University, Germany (2016-2018)
He is the Principle investigator of Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia and is a Member of stem cell transplant committee in Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE-57357) and a Member of Acute Myeloid Leukemia committee in Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE-57357)
Dr Hammad is a Manager of the Medical Care Unit (COVID-19 center) in Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt (CCHE-57357).
He has several recent publications in the field of pediatric oncology.
Researcher - University of Cambridge. Member of the scientific committee of the European arm of the International Society for paediatric Oncology (SIOP)
Suzanne obtained her PhD from the world-renowned Paterson Institute for Cancer Research. Following this training period Suzanne moved to a research post at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge where she began to investigate mechanisms of lymphomagenesis, a subject that she has pursued to become a world-expert in paediatric lymphomas. For the past 17 years Suzanne has been leading an academic research group at the University of Cambridge within the Department of Pathology. It is here that Suzanne conducts research and also teaches and examines aspects of the medical, veterinary and natural science tripos.
In 2007, Suzanne was awarded the prestigious Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR) Bennett Fellowship and in 2012 a further 5-year LLR senior lectureship award. Suzanne is currently non-clinical chair of the European Inter-Group for Collaboration into Childhood Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (EICNHL), co-chair of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre Paediatric Programme and biological lead for the National Cancer Research Institute paediatric lymphoma Clinical Study Group.
She is also a member of the scientific committee of the European arm of the International Society for paediatric Oncology (SIOP). Suzanne collaborates with a wide array of scientists and clinicians around the world, most notably the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala with whom she is working towards finding better therapies for children with cancer.
Palliative Doctor, Clinical and International Programmes Director & Former CEO - Hospice Africa Uganda
Eddie is a palliative doctor, and the former Chief Executive Director of Hospice Africa Uganda, a non-profit NGO established with a vision “Palliative Care for all in need in Africa”. Currently he is its Clinical and International Programmes Director.
Eddie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University, is an Internal Medicine specialist and a founding member of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians. He also holds a Masters of Public Health, and completed a Fellowship in Palliative Medicine from the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala, India which was offered in partnership with St Christopher’s Hospice.
Eddie has been working within palliative care for nearly 19 years, mostly at Hospice Africa Uganda. He has extensive clinical experience in African palliative care and education, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the eCancer Journal.
Dr Mwebesa is a member of the Palliative Care Association of Uganda and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, and formerly served on the Hospice Africa Uganda Research and Ethics Committee. He is a recipient of the Golden Jubilee meritorious Medal which was awarded by H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda for distinguished service in Palliative Care on International Labour Day in 2019.
Eddie is married for 16 years to Juliet, a Water and Sanitation Engineer and they have 3 children. He is a Cell Leader in Watoto, a community-based church which rescues vulnerable children and raises them to become tomorrow’s leaders.