September 23, 2022

The Mark Foundation Partners with The International Agency for Research on Cancer

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research provides essential support to IARC through a postdoctoral fellowship focusing on genomic and epidemiological characterization of early-age onset colorectal cancers (EOCRC)

Wellington Oliveira dos Santos, PhD

The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research and The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are pleased to announce that a postdoctoral scientist from Brazil has been awarded an IARC Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer Agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). Based in Lyon, France, IARC is inter-disciplinary, bringing together skills in epidemiology, laboratory sciences and biostatistics to identify the causes of cancer so that preventive measures may be adopted, and the burden of the disease and associated suffering reduced. It provides a unique career development environment for junior and senior scientists, with the opportunity to gain experience in research from a truly global perspective through its Fellowships.

Thanks to financial support from The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research, Dr. Wellington Oliveira dos Santos joined IARC this month, in the Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEM).

Dr. Oliveira dos Santos’ project objective is to identify mutational signatures and characterize the microbiome profile of EOCRC tumor samples and combine the findings with patient’s epidemiological information (demographics, lifestyle and exposure), to elucidate probable causes and biological mechanisms related to the onset of these tumors and to apply this knowledge to cancer prevention and treatment management.

“The training of early-career scientists plays an important role in strengthening the capacity of countries in the fight against cancer,” said Ms. Anouk Berger, Head of IARC’s Learning and Capacity Building Branch. “Financial support from donors such as The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research is vital to increase the number of postdoctoral scientists who can benefit from the IARC Fellowship Program, and ultimately to boost the impact on research capacity in countries worldwide.”

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