‘50 for 50’: A celebration of 50 years of cancer research at the IARC Global Cancer Conference in Lyon, France

Christine Taljaard, Caradee Yael Wright


Celebrating the 50th year of its existence, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) held a conference in Lyon on 7 - 10 June 2016, where almost 1 000 scientists from across the globe came together to discuss today’s cancer-related challenges and tomorrow’s agenda for cancer prevention. Embedded in this celebration, IARC hosted the ‘50 for 50’ initiative. Fifty future cancer research leaders from 40 low- and middle-income countries were identified, one for each year of the agency’s existence. We learnt that the burden of cancer is expected to double over the next 20 years. Young cancer researchers have an important role to play, and we believe that we are up for the challenge.

Authors' affiliations

Christine Taljaard, Centre of Excellence for Nutrition, North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa

Caradee Yael Wright, Environment and Health Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council and Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, Faculty of Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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‘50 for 50’; International Agency for Research on Cancer; IARC; Young researchers

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(9):844-846. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i9.11187

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Date submitted: 2016-06-16
Date published: 2016-08-08

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