Dr Satish Gopal (M.D., M.P.H.) is the Director of the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). His role includes overseeing the development initiatives and collaborations with other NCI divisions, NCI-Designated Cancer Centers, and countries to support cancer-research and-networks, promote cancer control planning, and build capacity in developing countries. Dr Gopal completed his Master of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill (2000), a medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine (2001), completed his internal medicine and paediatrics training (University of Michigan) and training in medical oncology and infectious diseases (UNC-Chapel Hill). As an extramural investigator, his NIH-funded research program focuses on epidemiologic, clinical, and translational studies of lymphoma and HIV-associated malignancies in sub-Saharan Africa, and he has previously overseen a broad, multidisciplinary cancer research portfolio addressing many of the commonest cancers in the region, including cervical, breast, and oesophageal cancer. The Cancer Lecture series focuses on Global Oncology.