Abby White is the co-founder and voluntary Chief Executive of World Eye Cancer Hope, which has the mission of bringing optimal evidence based life and sight saving care to all children with retinoblastoma. Abby’s father was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma in Kenya in 1946, and treated in England. Abby was also born with tumours in both eyes. She has an artificial eye and limited vision in her remaining eye that is now failing due to late effects of radiotherapy in infancy. Abby studied geography at university, with a special emphasis on development in sub-Saharan Africa. She co-ordinates the extensive activities of WE C Hope and the One Retinoblastoma World community while also assisting individual families. Abby enjoys creative writing, audio books, sailing, open water swimming and country walks with her guide dog, Annie.
Alison is Matron and Lead Nurse for Children and Young People's Cancer at University College Hospital in London, UK. Alongside her NHS roles, Alison has maintained a long-standing interest in nursing overseas, having volunteered over a number of years with an NGO in Azerbaijan, undertaken field trips to northern and southern India exploring the core values and role of nursing, and Alison has visited Bangladesh with World Child Cancer to co-lead a nurse education programme in our programme based at BSMMU in Dhaka. Alison has a particular interest in nursing leadership and teenage and young adult cancer care. She is a published author and loves getting involved in nurse-led research projects and activities. Alison has an MSc in advancing professional healthcare practice (palliative care) and was awarded an MBE for services to nursing in 2009.
Annabel is a Member of the Project Committee. She worked as a Consultant in Paediatric Oncology in Bristol, UK, for 15 years, retiring from clinical practice in 2007. In addition to clinical and teaching roles, she was lead clinician for Paediatric Cancer Services. Although caring for all types of solid tumour, leukaemia and transplant patients, she developed particular expertise in the areas of soft tissue sarcoma and neuroblastoma, leading national and international studies in these fields. Following departure from clinical practice, she spent time working as an Advisory Consultant for pharmaceutical clinical trials.
More recently, following a stint of teaching Paediatric Oncology in Uganda, she has become a student again, now taking a Masters in Public Health, with a view to combining all her skills and helping those in less affluent countries. Leisure activities include photography (having also attained an Arts Masters in this sphere), and outdoor pursuits, including walking, cycling and sailing.
Dr Carlos Rodríguez-Galindo, a Spanish native, completed his training in paediatric haematology-oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After 10 years as clinical researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he moved to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston, where he was the Director of the Paediatric Solid Tumour Program, Medical Director of the Clinical and Translational Investigations Program, and Director of the Global Health Initiative in Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders. He was also Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
In 2015, Dr Rodriguez-Galindo returned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to serve as Executive Vice-President, Chair of the Department of Global Paediatric Medicine, and director of St. Jude Gloabl. He also holds the Four Stars of Chicago Endowed Chair in International Paediatric Research. Carlos has been working with World Child Cancer’s programme in Myanmar since 2013 and provides valuable guidance for medical staff in Yangon.
Catherine is a Paediatric Oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA, where she works in the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine as Medical Director of the Asia Pacific Program, and with patients in the Solid Tumour Division. Inspired early in her training by the resilience of children and adolescents with cancer and the care providers she encountered in remote parts of Niger, Uganda, Taiwan, and China, she completed her paediatric haematology/oncology training at Toronto SickKids, Canada, with a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, USA.
Her specific interests include systems development and quality improvement practices in resource-limited settings, abandonment of treatment, palliative care, rare malignancies including adrenocortical tumours and nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and outcomes evaluation. She is the Co-Chair for the SIOP PODC Abandonment of Treatment Working Group and Member of the SIOP PODC Core Committee.
Gabriele Calaminus is Head of Global Advocacy and the Past-President of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is an international expert on brain tumours, germ cell tumours and quality of life. Dr Calaminus is a prolific author of numerous scientific publications and was instrumental in the establishment of key partnerships for SIOP, including that with the World Health Organization, Childhood Cancer International (CCI), World Child Cancer, the Union for International Cancer Control, and with the Sanofi Espoir Foundation
Dr. John van Doorninck is a pediatric oncologist practicing at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Colorado, USA. A native of Denver, he studied medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and completed his training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There, he served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation prior to accepting his current position. Dr. van Doorninck’s interest in delivering pediatric cancer care in low and middle-income countries took hold in 2007, when he took inspiration from work being done by members of SIOP’s PODC (International Society of Paediatric Oncology, group for Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries). His interest further developed through discussions with Professor Tim Eden of World Child Cancer. In 2014, he became formally involved in establishing World Child Cancer’s presence in the United States and in 2017 he joined the Global Project Committee. His wife, Dana Bryson, serves on the Board of Directors of World Child Cancer USA. They have two children.
Prof Lorna Awo Renner is the lead doctor for our project in Ghana. She is the Head of the Paediatric Oncology Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra. This is the main teaching hospital in Ghana and one of only two providing comprehensive paediatric oncology services in the country (Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi is the other centre providing such a service). She is currently the Africa Continental President for the International Society of Paediatric Oncology.
Lorna undertook some of her training in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, UK and during her time there made long-lasting professional contacts and friendships which led to the creation of the twinning partnership between the hospital and the unit at KBTH.
Lorna is extremely dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and care of children with cancer in Ghana, and is an active campaigner and advocate of the cause. She often writes articles and speaks to journalists and government officials about the issue of childhood cancer in Ghana and due to her hard work there are now several local funding sources supporting the project.
Lorna stresses the need for a multi-disciplinary team approach when it comes to childhood cancer; the input and training is needed of not only doctors but also nurses, psychologists, social workers and pharmacists to name a few.
Several training workshops have been arranged at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital since the start of the twinning program covering a wide range of medical and nursing topics in paediatric oncology and Lorna believes that these are key to improving the services for children with cancer, especially those focused on palliative care which is an area needing much development in Ghana.
Louise is an experienced children’s and young people’s cancer nurse. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, UK, as a Nurse Practice Educator and has lectured in nursing at the South Bank University in London. Before taking up her current role as Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant for Adolescents and Young People at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust she was the Trust’s Senior Sister for Children’s Services.
She brings a wealth of experience to the both the Project Committee and the World Child Cancer UK Board and has had direct experience of programmes in developing countries, having visited childhood cancer wards in Bangladesh. As well as working full-time, Louise gained her professional doctorate in nursing and is the author of academic articles and books on nursing.
Rachel Hollis is Honorary Nurse Adviser for Children's Cancer in the Leeds Children's Hospital at Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust where she spent thirty years working in paediatric oncology and haematology.
Rachel is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom. She has been involved in developing services for children and young people with cancer in the UK at the national level.
Rachel is a member of the nursing group within the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). She is a former Chair of the SIOP Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Nursing Working Group. In that capacity she has advocated for and worked with nurses from Low and Middle Income Countries in looking to define base-line standards of care and a curriculum framework for nurse training and education.
Scott is the Chair of the World Child Cancer USA Board. He is a Member of the Oncology Department at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he treats patients with leukaemia and lymphoma and conducts research on supportive care. His specific research interests include implementation of protocol-based therapy and development of co-operative paediatric oncology groups in low-income countries.
Scott’s mission and passion is to improve survival rates for children in developing countries. He was previously the Chair of the SIOP PODC (Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries) committee and the Director of Clinical Trials for St Jude’s International Outreach Programme. He is now the co-Chair of the Twinning, Collaboration & Support PODC working group. He assists twinning partner centres in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also assists with content development for the free online oncology resource www.Cure4Kids.org
Stephen Hunger is a Medical Trustee of World Child Cancer USA and a paediatric haematologist oncologist with over twenty years of experience and leadership roles in the field.
Dr Hunger completed training in paediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Paediatric Haematology/Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently Professor of Paediatrics and Chief of the Section of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Stephen has extensive experience in international paediatric cancer. He has worked closely with international colleagues to increase collaboration in childhood ALL basic and translational research and to develop new collaborative clinical trials in high risk ALL subsets. Dr Hunger directs a twinning partnership with the paediatric oncology programs in the Dominican Republic to improve outcomes for children with ALL in that country. He has a major interest in developing graduated intensity therapy regimens to help centres in low and middle income countries implement treatments that are appropriate for their local conditions.
Trijn is a Paediatric Oncologist who works for the Outreach Programme of the Paediatric Haematology – Oncology Department at VUMC Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
She worked for two years as a general paediatrician on the paediatric ward of the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. During this time she conducted daily ward rounds on the childhood oncology ward and coordinated some locally relevant clinical studies which led to a PhD thesis; Management of Children with Cancer in Malawi. She was the joint chair of SIOP PODC with Scott Howard and Coordinator of the SIOP PODC Working Group on Adapted Treatment regimens. This working group has produced consensus clinical guidelines for the management of children with Burkitt lymphoma, Wilms’ tumour, Kaposi sarcoma and concomitant supportive care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Trijn is married and has a daughter and two sons. In her spare time she likes outdoor activities including running, cycling, hiking, camping and soccer / field hockey.