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Workshop on Registration of Childhood Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France is hosting the Registration of Cancer in Children: Opportunities and Challenges on Tuesday 22 October 2019. The theme of the workshop is aligned with the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC), launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in September 2018.

The proceedings of the meeting will contribute to the development and success of the GICC. 

The workshop is being organized by IARC, in collaboration with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as WHO Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge, but registration is required, as places are limited. The registration closes on 31 August 2019

For further details and to register for the workshop, follow the link to the International Incidence of Childhood Cancer (IICC) - IARC webpage.

Principles and Practice of Cancer Registration Course, Ljubljana, Slovenia 20-22 Nov 2019

ENCR, IARC, and the Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia has organized a Principles and Practice of Cancer Registration Course aimed at newly established, re-established or to-be established population based registries and new registrars. 

The Course will be held on 20 - 22 November 2019 at City Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The objective of this course is to impart fundamental knowledge to support the development of cancer registries and to provide detailed coding methodology for several specific cancer sites.

PROGRAMME

Day 1 - Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019
Workshop on planning and developing cancer registries. Lead faculty: dr. Ariana Znaor, GICR/IARC.

Days 2 and 3 - Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 and Friday, Nov 22, 2019:
Theoretical and practical backgrounds on abstracting and coding specific cancer sites. Given by JRC/ENCR faculty.

For further details on the course programme and to apply for the course, visit the  Cancer Registry of Republic of Slovenia website. Deadline for submission of applications is Sept 8, 2019.

Prof Lorenzo Gafà: A Tribute

Prof Gafa 2019Prof Lorenzo Gafà, IACR Honorary Member, passed away on March 22, 2019.

A renowned pathologist then in his forties, Prof Gafà established the Ragusa Cancer Registry, in in 1982 in Sicily, Italy. This Registry was the first in operation in the central Mediterranean area. He was a true pioneer, in a time when cancer registries in the country numbered less than the fingers of a hand.

Aside from producing impact data of excellent quality (published in the Cancer Incidence in Five Continents CI-5 since its first year of publication), Prof Gafà promoted the intense use of these data to contribute to analytical studies in both national and international levels (Helios I and II, EPIC, SETIL research consortia, among others).

After his retirement from the Ragusa Registry, he went on helping the establishment of other registries in Southern Italy and he carried on for decades important responsibilities in the Italian League Against Cancer at the local and national level.

By: Roberto Zanetti

2019 IACR Honorary Member Awardees

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IACR, at the Combined IACR - NAACCR Scientific Conference held in Vancouver, BC, Canada from 9 - 13 June 2019 awarded honorary memberships to Dr Loraine Marrett (Ontario, Canada) and Dr Roberto Zanetti (Piedmont, Italy) for their exemplary contributions to the field of cancer registration and surveillance.

Loraine Marrett, PhD, Ontario, Canada 

Scientist Emeritus, Aboriginal Cancer Control Unit, Prevention & Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. 
 
Dr. Marrett received her PhD in statistics from the University of Edinburgh. She has worked as a cancer epidemiologist in Connecticut (1975-1982) and, since 1982, in Ontario. 
 
Most of Dr. Marrett’s current work concerns surveillance of cancer and cancer risk factors in Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations. She has also studied the relationship between exposure to ultraviolet radiation (solar and non-solar) and skin cancer, particularly focusing on enhancing prevention.
 
She has led the production of a number of reports and monographs, has authored or co-authored 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and held numerous research grants.
 
Roberto Zanetti MD, Piedmont, Italy

Roberto Zanetti graduated in medicine at the University of Torino, Italy, specialised in Preventive Medicine. He obtained his PhD in Biometrics at the Milano University, then started his career as a junior epidemiologist at the Piedmont Cancer Registry, where he spent his whole career. He was appointed Director of the Registry in 1986 and retired in October 2018.

Besides engaging in modernising the registration process, he promoted an intense use of the registration data for analytical case control-and cohort studies on aetiology of melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer, mesothelioma. The Piedmont Cancer Registry in the early 90's enriched its collection of data and improved its operations in order to timely provide information for the assessment of the screening results.

Roberto served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Epidemiology Association,  Executive Secretary of the South European Group for Cancer Registration (GRELL), member of the Board of Directors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and represented UICC as observer at the IARC Scientific Council from 2007 to 2011. He served as editor of the Monograph Cancer in Italy, author of the booklet “Facts and Figures of Cancer in Italy”, and the editor of the Italian edition of the TNM UICC manual. He  also served as consultant for epidemiology and cancer registration for the Ministries of Health of Italy, Switzerland and France and has assisted Italian civil and criminal courts as expert in litigations and trials on matter of cancer causality.

Roberto was one of the founders of the Italian Association of Cancer Registries, the Anglesio Moroni Foundation and the recently established Fondo Elena Moroni for Oncology, charity based in Torino that supports the Enrico Anglesio Prize. In the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) her served as Regional Representative for Europe, as President, and in the Editorial Board of the Eleventh Volume of Cancer Incidence in Five Continents.

Dr. Fabián Corral Cordero: A Tribute

FOTO DR. CORRAL 2019bDr. Fabian Corral was a medical pathologist and founder of the Quito Cancer Registry. He encouraged, trained and built working teams in five other cities in the country. Today, Ecuador has six population cancer registries, five of which are included in "Cancer Incidence in Five Continents."

The success of Dr. Corral's management was based on his qualities as a leader, his enormous working capacity and on the tenacity to fulfill proposed objectives. He served as Latin America and the Caribbean's regional representative in the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR), receiving in 2009 the designation of Honorary Member of the IACR for his important contribution to the consolidation of cancer information.

Frank and direct, he fought for his convictions, never gave up facing new challenges; passion for science and collective health marked his life.

Dr. Corral, you fulfilled your task and your example will guide the way of new generations.


 El Dr. Corral fue médico patólogo, fundador del Registro de Cáncer de la ciudad de Quito. Incentivó, capacitó y formó equipos de trabajo en otras cinco ciudades del país. Hoy el Ecuador cuenta con seis registros de cáncer poblacional, cinco de ellos publican sus datos en “Cancer Incidence in Five Continents.”

El éxito de la gestión del Dr. Corral se asentó en sus cualidades de líder, en la inmensa capacidad de trabajo y en la tenacidad por cumplir los objetivos propuestos. Fue representante de América Latina y el Caribe en la Asociación Internacional de Registros de Cáncer, recibiendo en 2009 la designación de Miembro Honorífico de la IACR por su importante contribución a la consolidación de los sistemas de información en cáncer.

Persona franca y directa, luchó por sus convicciones, nunca se rindió frente a nuevos desafíos y el amor por la ciencia y la salud colectiva marcaron su vida. Hasta siempre Dr. Corral, usted cumplió su tarea y su ejemplo guiará el camino de nuevas generaciones.

Patricia Cueva

Director, Quito Cancer Registry, Ecuador

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