Dr. Jackson Orem
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.