Who's Who

Kurt Straif

Section Head

Section of IARC Monographs



Academic Degrees

2001PhDEpidemiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
1999Priv. Doz. Dr. med. habil.Epidemiology and Social MedicineUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany
1991MPHPublic HealthUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
1987MDMedicineUniversity of FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany

Current Research Projects

  • Cancer mortality among workers exposed to chrysotile asbestos in Asbest Town, Sverdlovsk, Russian Federation
    IARC (ENV)

  • AGRICOH: A consortium of agricultural cohorts
    US NCI and IARC initiated consortium

  • SYNERGY: Pooled analysis of European case-control studies on the interaction of occupational carcinogens in the development of lung cancer
    IARC, IRAS and DGUV coordinated consortium

  • Tumour concordance and mechanisms of carcinogenesis
    IARC Monographs

Selected Publications

Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD, Danaei G ......Straif K et al. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012; 380: 2224-60.

Straif K. Estimating the burden of occupational cancer as a strategic step to prevention. Br J Cancer. 2012; 107 Suppl 1:S1-2.

Olivier M, Hollstein M, Schmeiser HH, Straif K, Wild CP. Upper urinary tract urothelial cancers: where it is A:T. Nat Rev Cancer. 2012;12: 503-4.

Leon ME, Beane Freeman LE, Douwes J, ... Straif K, Blair A. AGRICOH: a consortium of agricultural cohorts. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011; 5:1341-57.

Olsson AC, Gustavsson P, Kromhout H, ... Straif K. Exposure to diesel motor exhaust and lung cancer risk in a pooled analysis from case-control studies in Europe and Canada. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011; 183 : 941-948.

Scientific Societies Membership

American Association for Cancer research (AACR)
International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), Scientific Committee, Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH)
Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini

Prizes, Honours

Prix universitaires franco-allemands, 2007
Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Office; 1992, 1994, and 1996, PhD program UCLA, Los Angeles
Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Office; 1990-1991, MPH program UCLA, Los Angeles