PRESS RELEASE
N° 126
26 June 1998 

Argentina and Brazil join the IARC as Member States

The annual meeting of the International Agency for Research on Cancer started with a fanfare. Two new Member States were given a warm welcome : Argentina and Brazil are the first Member States of the Agency in South America.

Dr Anthony Adams, Chairman of the Agency's Governing Council, stated: "This will open a new spectrum of collaboration in these countries and the South-American continent." IARC's membership is now 18, of which 12 countries (including Russia) are European, two are North American (Canada, USA), and two are located in the East (Australia, Japan).

The Agency aims at global representation and talks have been initiated with additional countries who have expressed the wish to join the membership.

Dr Paul Kleihues re-elected as Director of the Agency

The Governing Council also re-elected Dr Paul Kleihues for a second 5-year term of office as Director of the Agency, starting in January, 1999. Born in Rheine, Westphalia (Germany), Paul Kleihues graduated as a medical doctor in 1962. Two years later, he took up a research position at the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research in Cologne. From 1976 to 1983, he was a professor of Neuropathology at the University of Freiburg (Germany). In 1983, he joined the University of Zurich, becoming the Director of the Institute of Neuropathology and, from 1990 to 1992, he was the Dean of the Medical Faculty. Dr Paul Kleihues took up the position as Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1994 and made significant changes to the scientific programme, with the addition of new research units concentrating on laboratory and epidemiological studies on the genetics of human cancers.

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