​​​African Cancer Researchers Travel Award Recipients


Davies Adeloye, MBBS, PhD
Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative
Abstract 2300: Epidemiology of childhood haematological cancers in Africa: A systematic review of the evidence
Session PO.EP01.02 – Descriptive Epidemiology of Cancer
April 16, 2018, 8 a.m. – noon; Section 9, Poster 7

Loiy Ahmed Hassan, PhD
Omdurman Islamic University
Abstract 2009: Bioassay approach isolation and crystal structure elucidation of isoglabratephrin: A prenylated flavonoid from Tephrosia apollinea and its anticancer property
Session PO.CH01.02 – Antitumor Agents
April 16, 2018, 1 – 5 p.m.; Section 30, Poster 5

Lester Davids, PhD
University of the Western Cape
South Africa
Abstract 708: A theranostic approach using photodynamic therapy to efficiently kill neuroblastoma cancer cells through induction of apoptosis
Session PO.TB09.01 – Radiation Studies Using in Vitro and Computational Models
April 17, 2018, 8 a.m. – noon; Section 8, Poster 7

Babatunde Duduyemi, MD
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Abstract 7059: Molecular analysis of HBV in histologically confirmed hepatocellular carcinoma in a tertiary hospital in Ghana
Session PO.TB11.03 – Carcinogenesis 3
April 18, 2018, 8 a.m. – noon; Section 2, Poster 4

Solomon Rotimi, PhD
Covenant University
Abstract 3449: Analysis of the functional consequences of single nucleotide polymorphisms in CYP3A4 gene to prostate cancer in men of African ancestry
Session PO.MCB09.01 – Functional Genomics
April 15, 2018, 1 – 5 p.m.; Section 18, Poster 15


Amira Said Abd El-Moty Abd El-Aal Fyala, MSc, PhD Candidate
Senior Researcher, Tissue Culture, Stem Cells, and Molecular Biology Lab
Alexandria University
Alexandria, Egypt

"I am a PhD candidate and associate researcher in the Biochemistry Department of the Faculty of Science at Alexandria University. I am interested in stem cell research and cancer molecular therapeutics. After receiving my doctoral degree, I would like to conduct my postdoctoral study in the field of cancer stem cell research. Practically, I have multiple goals in my life including professional and long-term goals. My professional goal is to find a novel therapeutics strategy targeting cancer stem cells via abrogation of signal transduction that plays a role in cancer progression. Moreover, my long-term career goal is to become an entrepreneur in cancer treatments through finding a new avenue for helping young scientists in my country and transferring my practical experience in biomedical research to them and to scientists worldwide. "  

Abstract 928: Combined treatment by manuka honey and metformin inhibited growth and inducted apoptosis in CD133+ and CD90+ subpopulation hepatocellular carcinoma cancer stem cells

Sara Salama Ibrahim Ghazy, BSc
Trainee, Tissue Culture, Stem Cells, and Molecular Biology Lab
Alexandria University
Alexandria, Egypt

“Attending the AACR Annual Meeting was a very good opportunity to improve my experience, skills, and scientific background through direct contact with students from different cultures who have adopted different ideas for research. I am currently conducting research on biochemistry and molecular biology and investigating the role of signal transduction in hepatocellular carcinoma cancer treatment. I am preparing to finish my master’s degree and then continue toward a PhD. Under the supervision of my mentor, Prof. Ahmed Sultan, in the newly established Research Laboratory of Stem Cell and Molecular Cancer Biology at Alexandria University, I hope to focus on generating more data and attending future AACR conferences.” 

Abstract 4440: New predictive and preventive biomarkers for preclinical hepatocellular carcinoma in Egyptian population by detection of serum miRNAs

Catherine Hart Kaschula, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa

“I am interested in studying the cancer preventative mechanisms of natural dietary compounds with particular emphasis on the organosulfur compound ajoene which is found in garlic. I have recently published some of my key research findings on ajoene. I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend and present my work at the prestigious AACR meeting in the USA in order to communicate my findings to the international scientific community. 

Abstract 5227: Synth​​​esis of a biotin probe for identification of the ajoene protein targets in cancer cells

Virna D. Leaner, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Biochemistry
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa 

"I lead a Cancer Biology Research Group in the Division of Medical Biochemistry and Structural Biology at the University of Cape Town. My research is focused on cancers that are prevalent in South Africa, including esophageal and cervical cancer. The specific aim of our research is to identify and characterize novel cancer biomarkers and therapeutic targets using genomic approaches. Using in silico drug screening against targets, e.g. nuclear transport proteins, we have identified small molecule inhibitors that have anticancer activity in cancer cell line and mouse model systems. Our goal is to further develop these small molecules as effective cancer treatments.”

Abstract 1069: Inhibition of the nuclear import receptor, KpnB1 synergizes with cisplatin toxicity in cervical cancer cells

Mubarak Labaran Liman, MSc, PhD Candidate
Lecturer I, Dept. of Science Laboratory Technology
Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic Zaria
Zaria, Nigeria

"My research interest centers on potentials of African ethnomedicine in management, prevention and control of non-infectious diseases (diabetes and cancer). Most of my publications have been on the antioxidant potential of African food and medicinal plants in the prevention and management of oxidative-stress-related disease. I am presently carrying out my PhD biochemistry research at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria on the preventive potentials of some African plants in experimental colon carcinogenesis while simultaneously working as a lecturer/research fellow at Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Nigeria. It is my aspiration to build a career in cancer research particularly in Africa. The AACR Annual Meeting was an avenue to share and discuss cancer research with experts, explore current trends in cancer research, and build up collaboration linkages for future research and career development.”​

Abstract 1269: Preventive potentials of the fruits of Detarium microcarpum on N-methyl nitrosourea (MNU) induced colon carcinogenesis in rats