Kurt Straif, MD, PhD, MPH
International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO, France, retired
Kurt Straif was Head of the Section of Evidence Synthesis and Classification at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO, Lyon, France, 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 IARC Monographs on air pollution. He has co-initiated several large international pooling projects (including AGRICOH with US NCI; SYNERGY, with IRAS and DGUV) to investigate environmental risk factors of cancer. 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 received the Champion of Environmental Health Research Award of the US NIEHS (2016) and the Distinguished Lecture in Occupational and Environmental Cancer of the U.S. NCI (2018). Since 2007 he is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. 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 Liège (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).