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On YouTube: Presentation on PBCRs' role in cancer control

Dr Freddie Bray, Head of the Cancer Surveillance Branch (CSU) at the International Agency for Research at Cancer (IARC), presents a brief overview of population-based cancer registries (PBCRs) and their role in cancer control, with a focus on the Sub Saharan Africa region.
He explains the rationale for the sustainable development of cancer registry data, what defines a population-based cancer registry, and presents how IARC is working to increase coverage.  He identified some of the challenges to developing registries and offers solutions to  facilitate the development of cancer registration in Africa which would also be application to other LMIC's, and regions.
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IACR Elections 2022

Elections are set among all voting members for the seat of the President-Elect; and among those in the applicable region for the Regional Representatives of the Association’s Board (Article IV of the IACR Constitution) for 2022.

2022 Election Candidates for the IACR Board of Directors

Voting Dates: 15 August – 10 September 2022

Following the Association’s 2016 Constitution and after the postponement of elections in 2020, the Board of Directors has called for and announced the holding of elections for 2022.  Nominations have been received for fill-in the posts of outgoing officers:
  • President-Elect
  • One (1) regional representative (RR) for Africa, to replace outgoing RR Mohamed Tsairi (Tunisia)
  • Two (2) regional representatives for Asia, to replace outgoing RR’s Rajesh Dikshit (India) and Young-Joo Won (S. Korea)
  • One (1) regional representative for North America, to replace outgoing RR Donna Turner (Canada)
  • One (1) regional representative for Latin America, second representative with current RR Luis Euardo Bravo (Colombia) 
The IACR Nomination Committee was led by Tomohiro Matsuda and assisted by the rest of the IACR Board in securing the candidates for the above listed posts.  The Committee provided an excellent slate of candidates.

Click here for more details on the IACR 2022 Elections


Dr Jacques Estève: A Tribute

We at IACR announce the passing of our colleague Dr. Jacques Estève who passed away on 20 February 2022.

He was a titan in the field of descriptive epidemiology, and continues to have a huge influence on our daily work. Dr Estève worked at the IARC from 1977 served as its Head of Biostatistics Research and Informatics.  He was a remarkable mathematician and described new methods to calculate cancer survival and to estimate national cancer incidence rates using national and regional cancer mortality data. Dr Estève edited or made important contributions to many of  IARC's Scientific Publications, most notably:

Read IARC's obituary here.

New ENCR Representative to IACR

Following the end of term of Dr. Michael Eden (Public Health England) at the Steering Committee of the European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR), it is our pleasure to announce to the IACR Membership that Dr. Volker Arndt has been appointed as the new ENCR Representative for IACR.  As ENCR Representative, Dr Arndt joins the IACR Board of Directors.

Dr Volker Arndt is currently the Director of Epidemiological Cancer Registry Baden-Württemberg, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany and also serves as Head of Unit of Cancer Survivorship, German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg.

Welcome to the IACR Board, Dr Volker Arndt and many thanks to Michael Eden!


NCRA Annual Educational Conference Scholarship

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April Fritz Memorial Fund

NCRA Annual Educational Conference Scholarship


The NCRA Education Foundation is partnering with NCRA to provide scholarships for virtual attendance to the NCRA 2022 Annual Educational Conference with support from the April Fritz Memorial Fund.

The scholarships are intended for cancer surveillance professionals working in low resource nations specifically.

The scholarship will provide virtual access to NCRA’s 2022 Educational Conference to be held on 7-9 April 2022 along with “on demand” viewing of all sessions presented until 31st May 2022.

Applications will be accepted through 1st March 2022.

Candidates selected for the scholarships will be notified via email by 15 March 2022.

To learn more about the NCRA Educational Conference visit: 2022 NCRA Annual Conference (ncra-usa.org)

To apply for a scholarship please complete the scholarship application by 1st March 2022: Apply


About April Fritz, RHIT, CTR: April Fritz’s name is interwoven throughout the story of cancer surveillance. As an employee in both the public and private sectors and as a volunteer to many nonprofits, April played a pivotal role advancing cancer surveillance and, in turn, improving public health worldwide. April’s passion extended well beyond the U.S. and as an active IACR member, volunteer and educator we feel this scholarship embodies April’s enthusiasm to promote knowledge and education.

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