Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities

Research Meeting on May 4-5, 2017
FedEx Institute of Technology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

The University of Memphis and FedEx Institute of Technology hosted a research meeting on Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities on May 4-5th, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. The meeting brought together a community of researchers to identify promising advances in cancer control research that will address cancer disparities in rural areas. The purpose was to define opportunities for future rural cancer control research that can be translated into effective interventions leading to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer that address unique rural barriers such as limited access to health providers, a constrained and
fragmented care delivery infrastructure, fewer community resources to support preventive care, and difficulty with continuity of care and coordinated communication among care providers.

Opening remarks were offered by Rob Carter, Sr VP and Chief Informatics Officer from FedEx Corporation, and keynote presentations by Robert Croyle, National Cancer Institute; Electra Paskett, James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University; and Tracy Onega, The Dartmouth Institute among other national experts. Program staff from the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be participating in the meeting, and the agenda offered many opportunities for networking and breakout discussions.

Free Registration included an evening poster reception on May 4th and breakfast and lunch on May 5th.