The Director of IARC is responsible for the overall leadership of the Agency. The Director reports to the IARC Governing Council and is elected for a period of five years. It is the task of the Director’s Office to coordinate the implementation of the IARC research strategy by supporting the establishment and development not only of specific initiatives in the scientific Sections and Groups but also of research programmes across the Agency.
The Director’s office is responsible for strengthening and expanding relationships with its network of collaborators, with governmental and non-governmental partners and with funding agencies in order to influence cancer control policy development through the provision of a reliable evidence-base. In this context, the close cooperation with WHO Headquarters and with WHO Regional Offices is important, as are the working relationships with current and potential Participating States.
Four Groups are located within the Director’s Office: Communications (COM), Education and Training (ETR), Laboratory Services and Biobank (LSB), and the Gambia Hepatitis Intervention Study (GHIS). The first three Groups have a wide range of activities that are relevant across the Agency.