Six of the ten most common cancers in Uganda are caused by infectious diseases. The Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases (UPCID) studies the etiology, biology, treatment and prevention of these infection-associated cancers. As outlined below, our work is directed by distinct and achievable goals.
CONDUCT HIGH-QUALITY RESEARCH
- Study the factors which allow chronic infection with human herpes virus 8 (Kaposi Sarcoma), the most common cancer in sub-Saharan Africa and the most common cause of cancer in patients with HIV in the United States and Europe.
- Explore biomarkers in tumors and serum using the emerging field of proteomics to predict the development of cancer from infectious agents long before a tumor grows.
- Develop new treatments for lymphoma in areas with limited resources, and apply these findings to the development of more cost-effective ways to provide lymphoma care in the United States.
- Understand how cancer-causing infections are transmitted by closely following children from the time of birth to early childhood.
IMPROVE PATIENTS' ACCESS TO CARE
Helping to cure patients with cancer and to alleviate their suffering is our ultimate goal. To that end, we've developed clinical techniques and methodologies to manage patients and ensure that they receive proper clinical care. Patients who participate in our research receive treatment they may not have access to otherwise.