"It is the first time that Peru signs this type of agreement with the United States and thus Peru will participate in the United States-Latin America Cancer Research Network," said Elmer Huerta, principal investigator for the Latin American Cancer Research Coalition.
Peru and the United States sign this agreement to share an interest in fostering collaborative biomedical research in oncology and a common goal in educating and training the next generation of cancer research scientists and clinicians.
Both parties expressed a desire to enhance the discovery and development of new anti-cancer agents and prevention strategies to enhance the design, implementation, and analysis of cancer treatment and prevention trials, basic science research, and epidemiologic studies.
NCI and the Republic of Peru intend to cooperate in activities which may include: basic, clinical, and translational research on cancer, bioinformatics and data systems, advanced technologies and methodologies, dissemination of cancer information and public education, enhancing existing cancer registries.
The agreement was signed by the NCI Director of the Center for Global Health, Edward L. Trimble, M.D., for NCI Director Harold E. Varmus, M.D., and Peruvian Ambassador Harold Forsyth.