Globalization and Cancer Initiative

globeStudies have shown that globalization has a major impact on health.  As borders disappear, people are moving more freely, and new health issues emerge, locally and globally. Locally, they can be related to Latino immigrants arriving (and settling) in great numbers in a state unprepared to receive this population, such as Alabama. Globally, they may represent opportunities for a leader in health care, education, and research, such as UAB, to partner with other countries to address relevant global health issues such as elimination of cancer as public health problem.


The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Globalization and Cancer Initiative facilitates the expansion of existing international partnerships and develops new global relationships associated with cancer health disparities.


The specific objectives include:

  1. Develop and maintain an infrastructure to promote collaborative research and training in Globalization and Cancer;
  2. Develop and maintain sustainable global partnerships in cancer research and training;
  3. Train the next generation of researchers in Globalization and Cancer.



We aspire to be the leading National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the advancement of knowledge in globalization and cancer through local and global collaborative efforts.


Where We Work

The Globalization and Cancer Initiative has already begun to build an infrastructure for cancer research and training, and currently have active research/training ongoing studies, which will be prioritized by established collaborations in the following countries: Brazil, NepalEgypt, Colombia, Chile, and Sri Lanka, as well as East Africa.


Contact Us

Globalization and Cancer Initiative

Associate Director – Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH
Program Director – Allison McGuire, MPH

MT 609
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-4410
(205) 996-2923