The African Collaborative Center for Microbiome and Genomics Research (ACCME) is a multi-institutional collaborative research funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).It is a project that is being conducted to develop a better understanding of cervical cancer and the processes involved in the development of the disease.
Affiliated Institutions of Project Members:
There are several members of this project and they are affiliated with different institutions. These institutions are
- Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria;
- University of Ibadan, Nigeria;
- African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria;
- Center for Bioethics, Ibadan, Nigeria;
- Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria;
- National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria,
- University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Nigeria,
- Asokoro District Hospital, Nigeria,
- Garki Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria;
- Center for Infectious Disease Research, Zambia,
- University of Zambia, Zambia;
- Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary's University of London, London,
- US National Institute of Health (NIH),
- University of New Mexico, Alburqueque, USA
- University of Maryland, Baltimore USA
Activities of ACCME
In order to achieve the goals of ACCME, volunteers are invited to participate in the research by visiting the screening clinics engaged in the project. At the screening clinics, trained Research Associates collect relevant information and biological samples. Volunteers are screened for cervical cancerusing current state of the art methods – HPV DNA tests. In order for volunteers to fully benefit from this screening, they need to return for scheduled follow up visits where they will be retested. Retesting is important as this is a better option to one time testing in order to identify women who are more likely to have cervical cancer.
Other activities that ACCME engages in are Community Engagement Projects where knowledgeable and trained staff provide factual information on cervical cancer and other health related topics, as well as information on where to get screened and how to volunteer in the research. These projects take the form of community meetings, radio and TV appearances and social events. The ACCME project welcomes invitations to serve as facilitators and resource persons in community projects designed to reach out to members of the society.