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Welcome to the 2023 Global Colorectal Cancer Congress

After an introduction to the 2023 Global Colorectal Congress from  Candace Henley, M.P.H, C.P.N., Director of Equity and Partnerships at  the Global Colon Cancer Association, keynote speaker Dr. Robert Winn  talks about health disparities in cancer associated with location, local  resources, urban vs. rural setting, and ethnicity. He discusses some of  the structural factors behind these disparities. Dr. Winn emphasizes  the importance of achieving equity in the distribution of scientific  advancements in cancer care. He highlights some successes in reducing  disparities while also acknowledging there is more to do to achieve  equitable outcomes.
Keynote Address

Reducing Colorectal Cancer Mortality – Matching Risk, Resources, and Strategy

Robert Winn, MD

Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center,  Senior Associate Dean for Cancer Innovation, and Professor of Pulmonary  Disease and Critical Care Medicine at VCU School of Medicine

Dr. Robert Winn

Watch our 2023 sessions

Session 1

Reducing Colorectal Cancer Mortality – Matching Risk, Resources, and Strategy

Richard Wender, MD
Session 2

From Tissue to Terabytes: The Intersection of Pathology and Data Analytics in Colorectal Cancer

Professor Philip Quirke

Dr. Phil Quirke discusses the use of data in maximizing the quality of surgical care in colorectal cancer, the resulting reductions in recurrence rate and mortality, and the disparities in receipt of optimal care.

Dr. Quirke reviews some recent advances in colorectal cancer care, including the timing of chemotherapy and immunotherapy and deficient mismatch repair.

Finally, Dr. Quirke reviews the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the pathology of colorectal cancer, and the need for validation of these A.I. algorithms in diverse populations around the world.

Professor Philip Quirke
Session 3

Towards Health Equity: Palliative Care Is a Human Right, the Influence of Policy on Access & Availability and Imperative of the Global Call to Action

Barbara Hastie, PhD

Dr. Barbara Hastie focuses on policy frameworks for health equity, using her extensive work in palliative care advocacy and policy as an example. She describes the shocking global health disparities in access to palliative care and essential pain medicines, the complex matrix of factors that affect these health disparities, and policy measures, including a joint call to action from the United Nations, World Health Organization, and International Narcotics Control Board, that are advancing health equity in palliative care.

Barbara Hastie, PhD
Session 4

Applying Innovation and Ethics in the Development and Application of Cancer Biomarkers to Achieve Global Health Equity

Alex Carlisle, PhD

Dr. Alex Carlisle introduces cancer biomarkers, including several biomarkers specific to colorectal cancer, and then details the factors contributing to disparities in biomarker testing like lack of diverse representation in biomarker research and social determinants of health. He also addresses the phenomenon of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. Dr. Carlisle then talks about the growth of artificial intelligence and machine learning in biomarker discovery and innovation, as well as how these data analytic tools can be used to reduce health disparities by incorporating the complex array of factors that contribute to health inequity.

Alex Carlisle, PhD
Session 5

Strengthening Global Partnerships and Roadmap for the Future – Spotlight on 5 Recipients of CRC Health Equity Grants

Advocates and organizations around the world know what their  communities need and already have community relationships and  partnerships. However, they may lack the finances to make the most of  these resources.

Through the CRC Health Equity Grants program, GCCA  provides financial assistance to fill specific unmet needs in  under-resourced communities. Five inspiring GCCA members share  information about their organizations, and detail how the CRC Health  Equity Grant is helping them to advance health equity in their  communities.

Advocates and organizations around the world sitting at a table
Session 6

Community Education as a Tool to Improve Colorectal Cancer Survival

Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH

Dr. Elmer Huerta discusses community education strategies for cancer  prevention and improving colorectal cancer survival worldwide.

He  details several guiding principles of community education including  consistency, building trust, inclusion of a broad range of public health  issues, and the use of all media channels available in a community.

Dr. Huerta also describes his work with the Cancer Preventorium, a  preventive care clinic driven by community education, and supported by  patient navigation, including an example of a very successful clinic  intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening uptake.

Elmer Huerta, MD, MPH
Session 7

Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks

GCCA’s CEO Andrew Spiegel and Candace Henley, GCCA’s Director of Equity  and Partnerships review key takeaways from the presentations. Henley  also shares her journey with colorectal cancer and the devastating  disparities in care that she experienced. Henley and Spiegel discuss the  history behind health disparities, what has led to them, and what  perpetuates them today. And they talk about GCCA’s efforts to address  these disparities globally.

GCCA’s CEO Andrew Spiegel and Candace Henley, GCCA’s Director of Equity and Partnerships


Thank you to the sponsors of the 2023 Global Colorectal Cancer Congress