The Asia Cohort Consortium

ACC Meetings

Fall 2011 Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Please join us for the Fall 2011 ACC Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh.December 10-11, 2011

You are invited to join us in Dhaka for the 15th meeting of the Asia Cohort Consortium. At this meeting, we will discuss the ACC progress over the recent period, present results of ongoing studies and plan new projects. Anyone with an interest in cohort studies in Asia is welcome to attend.

In case of emergency anytime after arrival, the Dhaka project office (UChicago Research Bangladesh) number is +880 2 8833505. Also, Habib Ahsan will be in Dhaka from the 8th onwards and his local cell phone number in Dhaka is +880 1713041170.

Meeting Location:

Conference Room, ICDDRB - Center for Health and Population, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Saturday, December 10, 2011

8:30 - 10:00 EC Meeting (Bus will leave from the hotel at 7:45 AM)
10:30 - 5:30 ACC General Meeting
Bus will leave from the hotel at 9:00 AM.
10:30 - 11:00 Welcome and cohort updates
11:00 - 12:45 Updates from current projects
  • 11:00 - 11:20: Wei Zheng ? BMI Project Phase II
  • 11:20 - 11:40: Paolo Boffetta ? Small Intestine Cancer Project
  • 11:40 - 12:00: Rashmi Sinha & Jung Lee ? Diet & Red Meat Project
  • 12:00 - 12:20: Yingsong Lin - Pancreatic Cancer Project
  • 12:20 - 12:40: Manami Inoue - Low and Intermediate Rate Cancers Project
12:45 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 Presentations on topics of interest
  • 2:00 - 2:15: Prakash C. Gupta ? Results from Mumbai Cohort
  • 2:15 - 2:30: Nunik Kusumawardani ? Indonesia Cohort Study
  • 2:30 - 2:45: Dewan Alam ? Chronic Disease in Bangladesh
  • 2:45 - 3:00: Eric Grant ? Bladder Cancer in RERF
  • 3:00 - 3:45: Habib Ahsan ? Arsenic in Bangladesh and Use of Biosamples
  • 3:45 - 4:00: Ziding Feng ? Funding Opportunities in the Early Detection Research Network (EDRN)
4:00 - 4:30 Coffee Break
4:30 - 5:30 Presentation and discussion of new project ideas and future ACC structure
  • New grant project ideas
  • John Potter ? biosamples and breast cancer
  • Ying Qing Chen ? Population Attributable Risk
  • Ways to increase involvement of cohort PIs as project leads
  • Biologic sample-based projects
  • Data sharing
6:30 Group Dinner -- Bus will take participants to dinner, hosted by Habib Ahsan

Sunday, December 11, 2011

9:00 - noon Working Group Meetings (Bus departure to be determined)
  • Diet
  • BMI
  • Rare, low and intermediate cancers, including pancreatic
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Grant proposal brainstorming/work session


Please fill out the online registration form.


Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh
107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh
Tel: +880 2 814 0401
Fax: +880 2 811 3324

A block of room has been reserved for ACC attendees. Please note that December is the busiest time at the hotel and rooms will book up quickly. We advise you to make your hotel reservation before November 1.

The negotiated rates are $149 for deluxe room and $181 for premier room. These rates are inclusive of all taxes and fees and also full buffet breakfast.

For hotel reservation and airport transfer ACC attendees should contact (and mention about ACC meeting):

Mr. Shakil Parvez, Reservations Manager
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, 107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh.
Tel: +880 2 814 0401 | Fax: +880 2 811 3775 | Email:

Ground transport to hotel:

The hotel will also arrange for airport pick-up and drop-off if you have given your flight info during hotel reservation. There will be a Pan Pacific Sonargaon representative (there is also a hotel booth) at airport right after you come out after customs checking point.

We will host a conference dinner the evening of December 10 (location to be announced). We will arrange transportations between the hotel and meeting location at ICDDRB and also to the dinner location.

Visa Information:

Citizens of most countries (including USA) require a visa for visiting Bangladesh. Please download the visa application form for residents in USA. Other countries should apply for visa from Bangladesh consulate in their respective home countries. We will arrange an invitation letter to all attendees. Ms. Angela Cole (email:; Tel: +1 773.834.9992) can be contacted for an invitation letter and other help related to visa information. When emailing, please send the following information for the invitation letter:

  • full name
  • title
  • institutional affiliation (i.e., University, agencies, etc…)
  • passport number
  • dates of your visit
Visa information for those who are in USA:

Website for Bangladesh Consulate in New York

To obtain a visa, the applicant must submit the following:

  • One copy of completed Visa Application Form.
  • One 37mm X 37mm photograph taken within the last six months.
  • Passport, valid for at least six months.
  • For US nationals Visa Fee is US$150.00.

Mailing instructions:

In case the applicant chooses to apply by mail, he/she must send a self-addressed, postage paid envelop for return service. The applicants are advised to send pre-paid envelopes from USPS, UPS, DHL, FedEx etc. for efficient and secured service. It is best to do an overnight return.

Mailing address:

Consulate General of Bangladesh
211 E 43rd Street, Suite 502
New York, NY-10017