American Eurasian Cancer Alliance

Strategic Collaborations in Cancer Control

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To pool the intellectual and scientific resources of member institutions to further research and discovery in cancer prevention, treatment strategies, and palliative care.

The American Eurasian Cancer Alliance (AECA) was developed through Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2001 to represent a unique scientific partnership between the Russian Federation and the United States. In 2004, AECA became affiliated with the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Office of International Affairs to function as the primary driver of scientific exchange between the U.S. and Russian Federation research centers. As NCI reprioritized their international efforts with the formation of the Center for Global Health in 2011, AECA remained an engaged partner and major contributor to the development of cancer control, research and palliative care initiatives within the Eurasian region.

AECA’s programs focus on three main areas:

Strengthening Global Cancer Research

Promoting Research Training and Education

Translating Research into Policy and Programs

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AECA accelerates the development of international partnerships, ensuring the timely completion of sustainable initiatives and advancements in cancer research and public policy through continued engagement in the region.

Bilateral Research Collaboration


Tobacco Control

Cancer Control


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Current Initiatives


Executive Director Dr. Sophia Michaelson

Dr. Sophia Michaelson is the Executive Director of the American Eurasian Cancer Alliance (AECA). With over 25 years of experience in project management and partnership development, she manages large, complex international health projects from inception to implementation. Her efforts have propelled organizations to create sustainable programs which both contribute to global cancer control efforts and advance domestic research agendas.

Dr. Michaelson has a distinctive record of structuring teams and programs that promote international collaboration in cancer research. Her deep understanding of the global health landscape spans across health policy, clinical research, and program development arenas. She provides turnkey solutions for scientific leaders, government officials and private sector stakeholders in efforts to develop sustainable international health programs throughout the Eurasian region.

With a multicultural and multilingual background, Dr. Michaelson has confident command of English and Russian, as well as proficiency in several other dialects of Eurasian territories. Michaelson has received advanced degrees from institutions within Russia, Ukraine and the United States. With an educational and professional background in international health and government affairs, she serves as a critical resource in the development of academic and government-led programs and partnerships that produce innovative research and cancer control initiatives.



Learn more about the American Eurasian Cancer Alliance and our global cancer research and control capabilities.


Coordination Center:

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111