African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) Conference, Senegal November 2023
ICONIC was pleased to participate in a session on nutrition and cancer in collaboration with WHO AFRO, with speakers Professor Alan Jackson, Professor Francis Zotor, Dr Reginald Annan speaking about WCRF’s Third Expert Report and implications for Africa and Dr Elom Aglago on capacity building towards an EPIC for Africa. The session was chaired by Dr Laetitia Ouedraogo-Nikiema from WHO AFRO, who also spoke about challenges in implementing policies and actions to promote safe and healthy eating habits and access to nutritious foods in the WHO African region. ICONIC looks forward to further opportunities to collaborate with WHO AFRO.
IUNS 22nd International Congress of Nutrition, Tokyo December 2022
As a Task Force of IUNS, ICONIC had the privilege of hosting a symposium at the 22nd International Congress of Nutrition on Thursday 8th December 2022 – titled, Supporting collaboration in nutrition and cancer: A global approach ICN TOKYO (icn22.org). The aim of the symposium was to provide an overview of ICONIC’s work and engage with those interested in its activities. Topics covered were:
- Capacity building for enhanced research on nutrition and cancer in low- and middle-income countries – Professor Ellen Kampman, Wageningen University
- The role of nutrition and other lifestyle factors in paediatric oncology – Dr Inge Huybrechts, IARC
- Prehabilitation within the management and support of those living with cancer – Dr Elom Aglago, ICL and Cancer and Nutrition for Africa (CANA)
The Congress was an opportunity to meet and re-connect with colleagues and researchers from across the world. The symposium was well-attended and speakers received many positive responses both during and after the session. Dr Elom Aglago, commented: “ICN in Tokyo was a unique opportunity to network with the global nutrition community, and to discuss contemporary challenges and solutions for better nutrition. Our well-attended ICONIC session on nutrition and cancer provided an avenue for low-and middle-income countries to consider nutrition in prevention, prehabilitation, and for support for children diagnosed with cancer. The session and the following interactions demonstrated the need for more collaboration and shared experiences and research on cancer. The conference venue was majestic, and the organisation was impeccable. A special thanks to the Tokyoites for the warm and enthusiastic welcome in their city.”
Virtual Dialogues in Collaboration with UICC
ICONIC has been hosting a series of Virtual Dialogues in collaboration with UICC, with the following two successful Special Focus Dialogues in 2021 (session recordings can be viewed via the links below):
Nutrition and cancer in children, teens and young adults – current understanding and future opportunities (April 2021) https://www.uicc.org/events/special-focus-dialogue-nutrition-and-cancer-children-teens-and-young-adults-current-understanding
Prehabilitation – Multimodal interventions to improve resilience and response to treatment in cancer (December 2021) https://www.uicc.org/events/special-focus-dialogue-prehabilitation-multimodal-interventions-improve-resilience-and
These sessions are a chance to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights and share solutions on respective and common challenges.
Further sessions are being planned for 2024.