University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Global Cancer Program Lecture

July 30, 2018, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Mission Bay
550 16th street

Julia Challinor, RN, PhD, Associate Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco   

"Caring for Children with Cancer in Latin America and Africa: Achievements and Remaining Challenges from 25 Years of Collaboration"



About the Speaker

Julia Challinor, RN, PhD, is an international oncology nursing consultant with an anthropological approach, who seeks to strengthen nursing resources and opportunities in countries with limited resources. A former teacher, Julia was the Educational Liaison for children with cancer and those who had survived their disease at the University of California, San Francisco from 1993-2003. From 1994-2006, she headed A Tomorrow for Children Foundation in partnership with pediatric oncology centers across Latin America. Since 2011, Julia has focused on projects in Ethiopia, Argentina, and India. She considers children and adolescents’ access to cancer care and how nursing can best meet their needs by building professional collaborations with physicians, pharmacists, infection control teams, nutritionists and psychosocial staff, and local communities, while including parents as key partners.

In 2016, Julia received the Dr. Patricia Greene Leadership Award, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses and in 2017, the Pearl Moore “Making a Difference” Award for International Contributions in Cancer Care from the Oncology Nursing Society. Julia has been a member of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) since 1998, served as co-Chair of the SIOP Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries Committee and currently works as a volunteer SIOP Advocacy Officer. In 2013-2016, she was a member of the U.S. National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health, Key Stakeholder Group on Oncology Nursing, Education, and Training in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

Julia supports nurses caring for children and adolescents with cancer in countries with limited resources to publish their research and projects in peer-reviewed journals so the significant lack of existing evidence for nursing practice in these settings is addressed. Finally, Julia believes that she has learned more about how to manage cancer care from the nurses and families with whom she partners across the world than she has taught them; she remains grateful for the opportunity to serve.

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