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IARC Governing Council elects new IARC Director

17/05/2018 – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Governing Council, today elected Dr Elisabete Weiderpass as the new Director of the Agency. Dr Weiderpass will take office on 1 January 2019. IARC Directors are elected for a five-year term and are eligible for one further five-year term.

New evidence on link between obesity and smoking behaviour from genetic data: obese people at higher risk of smoking

17/05/2018 – A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides new evidence that increased weight and obesity may result in increased smoking. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that increased body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and waist circumference were associated both with a higher risk of being a smoker and with greater smoking intensity.

Carreras-Torres R, Johansson M, Haycock PC, Relton CL, Smith GD, Brennan P, et al.
Role of obesity in smoking behaviour: Mendelian randomisation study in UK Biobank
BMJ. Published online 16 May 2018;

The Islamic Republic of Iran joins the International Agency for Research on Cancer

16/05/2018 – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to welcome the Islamic Republic of Iran as a new Participating State. The Islamic Republic of Iran today becomes the 26th country to join the Agency, sealing a long-standing relationship of collaboration between IARC and Iranian scientists.

Hinari Access to Research for Health Programme

10/05/2018 – The Hinari Programme, established by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with major publishers, enables institutions in low- and middle-income countries to gain access to one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Up to 14 000 journals (in 45 different languages), up to 56 000 e-books, and up to 120 other information resources are now available to health institutions around the world. As one of the publishers participating in the project, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) invites health workers and researchers to take advantage of this service, provided free or at very low cost. First check with your librarian or administrator whether your institution is already registered for Hinari access. If not, your librarian or administrator can apply for access. The Hinari helpdesk can assist.

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