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These are the excellent presentations from the Children with Cancer UK sponsored childhood cancer session organised by Professor Denis Henshaw for the 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Scientific Congress held in Thailand in November 2016.

Dr Annie Sasco MD, MPH, MS, DrPH

Dr Annie Sasco

Qualifications and teaching posts

Research public health, Bordeaux U., 1976-1978
Doctor of Medicine, Bordeaux (France) University, 1978
Ministry of Foreign Affairs fellow, 1978-1980
Master in Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, 1979
Master of Science, Harvard University, Boston, 1980
Victor Emmanuel Chapman fellow, 1980-1983
Teaching fellow, Harvard University, 1981-1984
Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology, Harvard University, Boston, 1986
Vice president International School Board, Lyon, since 1988

Collegium Ramazzini Fellow

Professional history

Annie J. Sasco, MD PhD, most recently was Director of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention in an Inserm (French NIH) research unit at the school of public at Bordeaux University in France.

After having training at the Bordeaux medical school, she went to Harvard where she earned two masters and a doctoral degree in epidemiology, while also working as a teaching fellow of Harvard University. Dr Sasco held Visiting Professorship appointments at the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA and at the Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine and Zootechny, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She taught in France, Italy, Greece, USA and Canada, in several African countries, China, Korea and Turkmenistan.

Moving from behavioral to environmental risk factors, she is an international expert on controversial topics (passive smoking, cannabis, carcinogenicity of pharmaceutical drugs, human health effects of growth promoters used in animal husbandry, role of the presence in our environment of chemical and physical carcinogens).

She then worked for 22 years at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, including 9 years as Group Leader and then Unit Chief of Epidemiology for Cancer Prevention and 2 years as Acting Chief of the Cancer Control Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO).

An “over-graduated woman”, she considers herself the positive mix of an European-American medical-scientific training providing her with the expertise needed for sound, valid, innovative epidemiologic research. A population health scientist should not stop at publishing results but should translate these to policy-makers, institutions and the public. When a risk exists and can be avoided, precaution and prevention are an ethical must.

Dr. Sasco is the author of more than 400 publications including more than 135 indexed in Medline and has numerous editorial activities for peer-reviewed journals. She is currently the member of many expert committees, scientific and other boards, as well as civil societies groups. She is co-founder and vice-president of the European Society of Environmental Health and a member of the Ethics and Philosophy group of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. In 2005, she was one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A true citizen of the world, she speaks and works in French, English and Italian, with notions of German and Spanish.

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