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November 2003 Issue

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Environmental Health Hosts Fall Cancer Epidemiology Series

Published November 2003

The UC Department of Environmental Health kicked off a fall cancer epidemiology seminar series at the end of September. Speakers for this series include both UC and national experts on many topics ranging from lung and pancreatic cancer, to common industrial chemicals and hair dye.

On October 15, the department welcomed Michael Thun, MD, MS, vice president for epidemiology and surveillance research at the American Cancer Society. Dr. Thun presented "Insights about Cancer Prevention from the Tobacco and Obesity Pandemics" to a full house in Kehoe Auditorium. He provided insights and statistical data about tobacco use and the growing obesity pandemic.

Dr. Thun received his BA from Harvard College, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his MS in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has served for over twenty years in epidemiology and the prevention of chronic diseases, first as a medical officer at the New Jersey State Health Department, investigating toxic exposures, and then as an epidemic intelligence service officer and staff scientist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1989, Dr. Thun became director of Analytic Epidemiology for the American Cancer Society in Atlanta. Since 1998, he has served as vice president of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research, overseeing both cancer surveillance and analyses of large cohort studies on the causes and prevention of cancer. He is the author of nearly 200 publications, book chapters, books, and published proceedings. His research covers a wide range of issues within cancer epidemiology, with particular emphasis on the epidemiology of tobacco-attributable diseases and the potential of NSAIDs as anti-cancer agents. Dr. Thun currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the intramural research program at NCI. He is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupation Health at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health and at the Winship Cancer Center.

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