American Cancer Society University in Chennai, India
A highly successful American Cancer Society University (ACSU) launched in Chennai, India, the week of December 5, 2005. Society immediate past-chair Tom Burish, PhD, and president elect Rich Wender, MD, along with Adrienne White, Vice President Health Initiatives & Advocacy for the Illinois Division, and Molly Daniels, Vice President of Field Advocacy from the National Government Relations Department were among the faculty members who taught 28 scholars from across India. Key training modules focused on early detection, tobacco control, advocacy, volunteerism, collaboration, and palliative care. Leading cancer control professionals in India and additional American Cancer Society staff also led training modules. This ACSU marks the official launch of the India Cancer Initiative a Society program in partnership with Indian cancer control professionals in that nation and within the growing Asian Indian community in the United States. Leading newspapers in India such as The Times of India and The Hindu covered the event and interviewed the Society and Indian faculty and advisors.