We were delighted to welcome Dr Chris Wild, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), to the Gannochy Trust Lecture Theatre in July to give the 2017 NCC lecture “Complementing the genome with the exposome: a key to understanding the causes and prevention of cancer”, as part of a programme of events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the University of Dundee. Dr Wild discussed the important role that dietary and environmental exposure to toxic chemicals plays in influencing cancer risk, and the importance for cancer prevention of limiting and monitoring exposure, particularly early in life.
Dr Wild developed the concept of the “exposome”, to complement the genome, drawing attention to the need for improved measurement of environmental and lifestyle exposures in order to understand the causes of common chronic diseases including cancer. He was elected Director of IARC in January 2009, the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation based in Lyon, France.
Dr Wild’s lecture was introduced by the University Principal, Professor Sir Pete Downes, and was attended by University of Dundee staff and students, colleagues from the medical school and local Ninewells Cancer Campaign supporters.
Dr Wild is pictured with the University of Dundee Principal, Professor Sir Pete Downes, Professor Gary Mires, Dean of the Medical School and Professors Roland Wolf and Annie Anderson, who jointly hosted the lecture.