First international workshops on Provocative Questions (PQ) in cancer research, October-November 2014, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Thiruvananthapuram, India

Preetha Rajaraman, Bindu Dey, Partha P. Majumder, Satyajit Mayor, M. Radhakrishna Pillai, S. Ramaswamy, Chandrima Shaha, Maureen Johnson, Sudha Sivaram, Edward L. Trimble, Edward E. Harlow, K. VijayRaghavan

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Abstract

In 2011, the National Cancer Institute (NCI, USA) introduced the Provocative Questions (PQ) Initiative, a new approach allowing active researchers to define major unsolved or neglected problems in oncology unaddressed by existing funding. Last year, the U.S. NCI teamed up with the Indian Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to pilot the PQ approach in three cities in India. Workshop outcomes included the generation of fundable "PQs" (perplexing questions understudied by the international scientific community), as well as the identification of several non-PQ projects and research-related issues of importance to DBT and other Indian funding groups. The workshops clearly indicated the need to expand beyond crafting "PQs" when considering the best areas for research funding in international settings. Nonetheless, the first set of PQ workshops provided a forum to discuss key issues regarding cancer research in India, including the paucity of cancer research funding, and the lack of relevant human resource training and technology sharing platforms. Continued open debate between researchers, funders and policymakers will be essential to effectively strengthen the cancer research portfolio in India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-36
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cancer Policy
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Cancer research
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Funding
  • India
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Provocative Questions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Health Policy

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Rajaraman, P., Dey, B., Majumder, P. P., Mayor, S., Pillai, M. R., Ramaswamy, S., Shaha, C., Johnson, M., Sivaram, S., Trimble, E. L., Harlow, E. E., & VijayRaghavan, K. (2015). First international workshops on Provocative Questions (PQ) in cancer research, October-November 2014, New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Thiruvananthapuram, India. Journal of Cancer Policy, 6, 33-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcpo.2015.10.001