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CI5 Volume XII online on 9 October 2023


 Cancer Incidence in Five Continents (CI5) Volume XII launches on the 9th of October 2023.  


The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in collaboration with the 

International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR), has launched CI5 Volume XII which compiles cancer incidence data from 455 cancer registries, covering 588 populations in 70 countries.


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The published volume and databases are now available on the CI5 website:  https://ci5.iarc.who.int/The website likewise contains utilities that enable the comparison of cancer incidence and will be of interest to anyone wishing to better understand the diverse profiles of cancer in different populations. 


Vacancy: Permanent Head, Population Cancer Research, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (WCISU)

The Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit of Public Health Wales is searching for a highly motivated research leader with extensive experience of epidemiology or other population health research involving data linkage and high-level analysis for this pivotal permanent position with hybrid working.  Below are relevant details and the link to the vacancy posting:

Post: Head of Population Cancer Research, Public Health Wales - Data, Knowledge and Research Directorate 

  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Application closing date: 15th October 2023
  • Planned (virtual) interview date: 25th October 2023
  • Job Ref: 028-AC314-0923

Are you a strategic leader in the field of population health research or advanced epidemiology? Are you passionate about the potential of linked data across the health sector and wider health determinants to create new knowledge and insights that can improve cancer outcomes, reduce inequalities and prevent cancer? If so, Public Health Wales invites you to apply for the opportunity to lead their domestic and international research agenda with health services and academia across the globe.

You will develop an original research programme with internal resources and seek considerable external funding. You will develop a new research team that needs to grow rapidly. You will collaborate with our evolving internal teams of analysts and data scientists, as well as with researchers across NHS Wales, but also with cancer registries, academia and governmental/non-governmental organisations in Wales, across the UK and internationally (e.g. World Health Organization International Agency for Cancer Research, Lyon and the European Network of Cancer Registries).

We work very closely with colleagues at the SAIL Databank trusted research environment, Swansea University. In particular, you will maintain and enhance our collaborations with existing international cancer epidemiology research programmes with opportunities to network and present work at world-class conferences. Ideally, you possess a PhD or equivalent qualification and they will endeavour to seek an honorary academic position for you.

For an informal discussion about your potential new role at Public Health Wales or about living and working in Wales, feel free to contact Professor Dyfed Wyn Huws, Director of the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Marceli de Oliveira Santos: In Memoriam

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We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of our own GICRNet expert trainer, Marceli de Oliveira Santos yesterday, 30 July 2023. 

Marceli joined the National Cancer Institute of Brazil in 1997. At that time, the country had only eleven population-based cancer registries (PBCR’s). She played a key role expansion of cancer registration throughout Brazil, they now have 32 PBCR’s, spread across all states of the country. Marceli has become a recognized authority in the field of cancer surveillance and epidemiology, as well as an exceptional teacher and mentor. She generously shared her knowledge and expertise with registrars, post-graduate students, and visiting PBCR registries, nurturing the next generation of cancer registry professionals. Her passion for this work and willingness to provide technical support made her a beloved figure among her colleagues and peers.

Collaborating with the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry (GICR), Marceli helped develop activities aimed at enhancing the quality of data in Brazilian cancer registries, promoting the importance of reliable data in cancer research and control. Marceli was committed to improving the registries’ access vital information in their native language.  She contributed to the translation of numerous technical documents from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) into Portuguese. This dedication allowed the Brazilian cancer registries to benefit from these resources more effectively.

Despite difficult personal challenges, particularly in recent years, Marceli did not lose her joyfulness and zeal to serve.  For these and her impact on cancer registry development in Brazil, paving further progress in the field and helping provide a strong foundation for growth in cancer surveillance and epidemiology, Marceli will be fondly remembered and sincerely respected.

We at the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry development (GICR), the International Association of Cancer Registries and the (IACR) Cancer Surveillance Section at IARC extend our heartfelt condolences to Marceli's family, friends, and colleagues at INCA Brazil.  

With thanks to Marianna de Camargo Cancela (IACR) and Marion Piñeros (GICR- IARC Hub for Latin America).

Job Vacancy: Senior Tech Advisor on Cancer Registries, Africa

Vital Strategies is seeking to fill its position for a Senior Technical Advisor, Africa Region

The Senior Technical Advisor (Africa Region) will provide leadership and technical support to Eastern, Western, and Southern Africa in the development and implementation of programmes to improve population-based cancer registration, and will lead technical assistance provision in several countries in Africa, working with the IARC-GICR Collaborating Centers (IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer; GICR: Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development), including, but not limited to planning and implementation of work plans and managing Country Coordinators.

This is a full-time position that can be based in either Mozambique or any other Eastern, Western, or Southern African country. Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. The salary range for this position in Mozambique is 4,100,000 MZN to 4,900,000 MZN. Vital may consider outstanding candidates in other regions. The salary range may be adjusted based on country market conditions.


Education and Degree: Master’s degree or higher in cancer epidemiology or related field preferred

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to manage projects;
  • Ability to work independently and self-directed;
  • Ability to work cross-culturally with diverse stakeholders at the country level;
  • Fluency in either French or the Portuguese languages;
  • Patient and adaptable to rapidly changing environments;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Exhibited ability to provide leadership and coordination to an inter-agency collaboration representing diverse perspectives;
  • Experience with CanReg5 software or other software programs (e.g., R, STATA, SAS)



  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in epidemiology/statistics/other relevant field
  • At least 3 years of experience working in cancer registration/surveillance/statistics OR a degree in cancer epidemiology or related field
  • Prior international experience working with ministries of health in low-income countries on population-based cancer registration or relevant area


  • Direct experience working with or in population-based cancer registries.
  • Experience with health information systems and/or health economics
  • Prior experience working with ministries of health in Africa

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:  Ability to travel 25% of time.

Apply for the post

Prof Enrique Barrios: A Retirement Tribute


Professor Enrique Barrios, MD, focused his profesional carrier in the field of Biostatistics and Cancer Epidemiology. He developed his teaching activities at the Universidad de la República (UDELAR) reaching the degree of Professor at the Quantitative Methods Department of the Faculy of Medicine.  He is a Full Member of the National Academy of Medicine and was recognized as Emeritus Professor at the UDELAR.

Since its creation 30 years ago, he has been part of the National Cancer Registry of Uruguay (NCRU), which he has then directed for the last 17 years. As its Director, he implemented several improvements that lead the NCRU to reach the highest standards in Data Quality.

His outstanding professional activity, his fruitful scientific production and his skills as a scientist and researcher, earned him the recognition of his peers at a national and international level.

He represented Latin American Registries on the IACR Executive Committee between 2014 and 2018, and received its Honorary Membership in 2018.

Beyond his outstanding career as a teacher and researcher, what distinguishes Prof.Enrique Barrios are his enormous qualities as a human being, partner, and friend.


Enrique Barrios: un homenaje 


El Profesor Enrique Barrios, es médico y se especializó en Bioestadística y Epidemiología del Cáncer. Docente dedicado en la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de la República (UDELAR) llegando al grado de Profesor del Departamento de Métodos Cuantitativos, es Miembro Titular de la Academia Nacional de Medicina y fue reconocido como Profesor Emérito de la UDELAR.

Desde su creación hace 30 años integró el equipo del Registro Nacional de Cáncer de Uruguay (RNCU), el cual dirigió los últimos 17 años. Desde su lugar como Coordinador, implementó una serie de mejoras que llevaron al RNCU a alcanzar los más altos estándares de Calidad de Datos.

Su destacada actividad profesional, su fecunda producción científica y sus dotes como investigador, le valieron el reconocimiento de sus pares a nivel nacional e internacional.

Representó a los Registros de América Latina en el Comité Ejecutivo de la IACR entre 2014 y 2018, y desde entonces es Miembro Honorario de la IACR.

Más allá de su destacada trayectoria como docente e investigador, lo que distingue al Prof. Enrique Barrios son sus enormes cualidades como ser humano, compañero y amigo.


Equipo del Registro Nacional de Cáncer, Uruguay


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