TCRB International: Other International Activities
Global Transdisciplinary Research Collaboration on the Health of the Caribbean Diaspora
Prompted by the need to address the burden of chronic disease and death in and among peoples of the Caribbean Diaspora, the Harvard Medical School, Office for Diversity and Community Partnership; the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and the Pan American Health Organization, Office of Caribbean Program Coordination partnered to host the meeting, Global Transdisciplinary Research Collaboration on the Health of the Caribbean Diaspora, held on June 23-24, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of the meeting was to deepen the understanding of the root causes and social determinants of health, as applicable to the Caribbean Diaspora, and to strengthen the capacity of mainland U.S. and Caribbean researchers to collaborate, report, and publish on health issues with an emphasis on the social determinants of health, from a global perspective.
Panel discussions, networking opportunities, and small workgroups were used to address these objectives. The final meeting report presents the proceedings from this meeting and discusses barriers to collaboration, factors that foster collaboration, and resources needed to increase collaboration among U.S. and Caribbean researchers.
International Agency for Research on Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization, conducts research on the causes of human cancer and the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and develops scientific strategies for cancer control. IARC Monographs critically review and evaluate the published scientific evidence on human carcinogenic hazards. These carcinogenic hazards include chemicals, complex mixtures, occupational exposures, lifestyle factors, and physical and biological agents. NCI scientists participated in the development of the 2004 monograph titled, Tobacco Smoke and Involuntary Smoking, volume 83. In addition, NCI staff participated in the development of the IARC monograph titled, Smokeless Tobacco and Some Related Nitrosamines, volume 89.
- IARC Tobacco Smoke and Involuntary Smoking Vol. 83, Summary of Data and Evaluation, 2004, is available at:
Tobacco Free Initiative Study Group for Tobacco Regulation
The mission of the World Health Organization Tobacco Free Initiative (WHO-TFI) is to reduce the global burden of disease and death caused by tobacco and protect present and future generations from harmful health consequences of tobacco consumption and tobacco smoke exposure. As part of this initiative, the Director General of WHO established the Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Product Regulation (SACTob) in 2000 to provide comprehensive scientific research, information, and recommendations to inform tobacco policies and regulation. In November 2003, SACTob was formalized from a scientific committee to a study group and renamed the Study Group for Tobacco Regulation (TobReg). TobReg provides a mechanism for reporting to WHO's governing bodies and drawing the attention of member states to WHO's efforts in this novel and complex area of tobacco control. NCI scientists have worked with SACTob/TobReg since November 2002 on the development of numerous recommendations aimed at improving public health and scientific research related to the effects of tobacco use.