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"Cancers and Environmental Exposure": a Symposium for Taking Stock of Scientific Knowledge

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News of 25/11/2011

25 November 2011

As part of the 2009-2013 Cancer Plan and the 2009-2013 French National Environment & Health Action Plan, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), the French National Cancer Institute (INCa), and the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (AVIESAN) are organising an international symposium in Paris on 12 December 2011.

Inviting French and international researchers and scientific programme managers, the event will take stock of scientific knowledge about the link between cancer and environmental exposure and the uncertainties related to these issues.

The discussions, organised in three sessions, will have the following objectives:

  • a status report on new knowledge about cancer associated with environmental exposure;
  • to characterise environmental exposures, and take uncertainties into account;
  • to assess the contribution of epidemiology to the study of links between cancers and environmental exposure.

Finally, a round-table discussion will pose challenges and directions for research on cancer and exposure to environmental factors.

Held under the patronage of Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing; Xavier Bertrand, French Minister of Labour, Employment and Health; and Laurent Wauquiez, French Minister of Higher Education and Research, the symposium will host French and international researchers and scientific program managers. Among them: Christopher Wild (Director of the IARC), Bette Meek (University of Ottawa and Health Canada), David Christiani (Harvard School of Public Health), Maria Neira (WHO) and Denis Hémon (INSERM).

Maison Internationale
Cité internationale universitaire de Paris
17, boulevard Jourdan
Paris 14th arrondissement