South, East and South-Eastern Asia Hub

Hub Principal Investigator

Dr. Rajesh Dikshit

Associate Professor Dr Sultan Eser

IARC Hub liaison

Dr Les Mery

Hub officer, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France

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The Mumbai Hub was inaugurated as the first IARC Regional Hub for Cancer Registration within the GICR programme in October 2012. Based at the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) in Mumbai, India, the Hub aims to build capacity for cancer registration in low- and middle-income countries within East, South-East, and South Asia. The Hub is supported by IARC GICR Collaborating Centres in China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand.


The Mumbai Hub provides support to cancer registries across the 25 countries in East Asia (China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, and Republic of Korea); South-East Asia (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam); and South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).

Anupong Sirirungreung

Phramongkutklao College of Medicine Thailand

Atul Budukh

Tata Memorial Centre India

Azizah Ab Manan

North East District Health Office, Penang State Health Department, Malaysia

Chalongpon Santong

Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Hiromi Sugiyama

Radiation Effects Research Foundation, Japan

Hyunjoo Kong

Central Cancer Registry, Republic of Korea

Kayo Nakata

Osaka International Cancer Institute, Japan

Kazem Zendehdel

Deputy of Research, Cancer Research Center, Cancer Institute of Iran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Krittika Suwanrungruang

Cancer Unit, Srinagarind Hospital, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Kumiko Saika

National Cancer Center National Cancer Registry Section Japan

Kyu-Won Jung

Central Cancer Registry, Republic of Korea

Rama Ranganathan

Cancer Institute (WIA), India

Rongshou Zheng

National Cancer Center/ Cancer Hospital, China

Sampath Pitchaimuthu

Cancer Inst (W.I.A) Chennai, India

Suleeporn Sangrajrang

Health System Development National Cancer Centre, Thailand

Witoo Klabtawee

Roi-Et Hospital, Thailand

The Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) is a national comprehensive cancer centre. It is the largest cancer hospital in Asia, with more than 40 000 new patient visit annually from all over India and neighbouring countries. On average, 1500 patients visit every day, and every year, about 25 000 new cancer patients are registered with the hospital.

TMC has a long-standing history as a recognized training centre. TMC also serves as a postgraduate teaching centre, affiliated with the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) (deemed university), which offers postgraduate degrees.

Cancer registry activities at TMC have been active through collaborations with local, national, and international partners for more than 50 years.

With dedicated staff, facilities available to the Hub include lecture halls, office space for extended visits, and large computer labs for use in practical assignments.