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Straif Kurt

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Kurt Straif was Senior Epidemiologist (since 2001), then Head of IARC Monographs and later Head of the Section of Evidence Synthesis and Classification at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO, Lyon, France (until 11/2018), where he directed the programs of the IARC Monographs, the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention and the WHO Classification of Tumours. Major achievements with global impact include the series of IARC Monographs on tobacco, which prepared the way for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and the series of IARC Monographs on air pollution. As part of his research activities on environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer he has co-initiated several large international pooling projects (including AGRICOH with US NCI; SYNERGY, with IRAS and IPA/DGUV). He serves on many national and international committees on primary and secondary prevention of cancer. He has a long record of teaching medicine and epidemiology and served as the Scientific Director of the IARC International Summer School on Cancer Epidemiology since 2010.

He is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini since 2007, and attended his first Collegium meeting already in 1991. He received the Champion of Environmental Health Research Award of the US NIEHS (2016), the Distinguished Lecture in Occupational and Environmental Cancer of the U.S. NCI (2018), and the ISEE Research Integrity Award (2019). He has co-authored more than 200 scientific papers and was Editor and Associate editor of several books (including The World Cancer Report; Air pollution and Cancer; Social Inequalities in Cancer).

He studied Medicine and Philosophy (Theory of science) at the Universities of Li?ge (Belgium), Heidelberg and Bonn (Germany). He is Board-certified in Internal Medicine (University of Bonn) and in Occupational, Environmental and Social Medicine (University of Giessen). He received his MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (USA) and his Habilitation in Epidemiology and Social Medicine from the University of Munster (Germany).

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