Plenary speakers

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The 2018 Congress brings top-notch plenary speakers who will spark innovative thinking and ignite new perspectives on cancer control and public health issues.

Tuesday 2 October
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His Excellency Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay

President Tabaré Vázquez serves as the 41st President of Uruguay since 2015. He is an oncologist by training.

 

Now in his second term as the President of Uruguay, he continues to act on his commitments that bring change to health and wellbeing. Under his leadership, Uruguay hosted a Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo in October 2017.

 

In his quality of co-chair of the Commission on NCDs and co-facilitator for the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs, President Vazquez will share a personal insight into the highlights of the September meeting during his plenary talk in Kuala Lumpur.

 

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Dr Sania Nishtar, Pakistan

Co-chair, WHO High Level Commission on NCDs

 

Dr Sania Nishtar is the founder and President of Heartfile, which began in Pakistan in 1999 as a health information-focused nongovernmental organization and evolved into a think tank on health policy issues. She is also founder of Heartfile Health Financing, a programme that uses a customized IT platform and mobile phones to protect poor patients from medical impoverishment or foregoing health care.
 

A cardiologist by training, she was Best Graduate of the Khyber Medical College in 1986 and holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of London and a PhD from King's College London. Widely considered a thought leader on health policy, she has been a key drafter of several global health declarations.
 

Dr Nishtar served in Pakistan during the 2013 caretaker government as Minister for Science and Technology, Education and Trainings and Information Technology and Telecom. During her term, she was instrumental in establishing Pakistan’s Ministry of Health.

 

Dr Nishtar will focus on the outcomes and recommendations resulting from the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs taking place in September this year.

 

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Dr Christopher Paul Wild, UK
Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

 

Dr Wild obtained his PhD in 1984 from the University of Manchester, UK. He did post-doctoral work at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Lyon, France and the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.

 

In 1987, he rejoined IARC as a staff scientist and later became Chief of the Unit of Environmental Carcinogenesis. 

 

Dr Wild was elected Director of IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, from 1st January 2009 and was subsequently re-elected for a second five-year term of office.

 

His research has focused on understanding the role of environmental and behavioural risk factors in human cancer. While at IARC he has pursued a strategy of cancer research for cancer prevention. He has also placed emphasis on training the next generation of cancer researchers worldwide.

 

During his plenary talk, Dr Wild will review the sixth version of GLOBOCAN, the sources and methods used in compiling cancer incidence and mortality estimates for 2018 in 184 countries worldwide, and briefly describe the key results by cancer site.

Wednesday 3 October
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Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao, Australia

Ms Sword Gusm√£o¬†AO is a breast cancer survivor and¬†the founding director of the Alola Foundation¬†which seeks to improve the lives of women in Timor-Leste. The Foundation‚Äôs motto is ‚ÄúStrong Women, Strong Nation‚ÄĚ and it has a strong record of enabling girls to complete their secondary schooling as well as contributing to a dramatic reduction in rates of infant mortality through promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, family planning and immunisation.

 

In 2015, Kirsty Sword Gusm√£o was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to Australia-East Timor relations through the development of mutual co-operation and understanding, particularly in the education sector, and as an advocate for improved health and living conditions for the Timorese people.

 

Ms Sword Gusmão will call for a life-course approach to women's health to reach the NCD-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 during her plenary talk.

 

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Dr. Sanjeev Arora, US
Dr Arora is the Founder & Director of Project ECHO, and the distinguished Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine.
 
Project ECHO¬ģ (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) dramatically improves both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO‚ĄĘ clinics, in which the experts mentor primary care clinicians to help them manage their patient cases and share their expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education. This helps rural clinicians develop knowledge and self-efficacy so they can adopt research findings and deliver best practice care for complex and chronic health conditions.
 
Dr Arora will explore the applicability of the ECHO model to cancer control, and how the initiative could contribute in achieving universal health coverage.
 
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Dr. M. R. Rajagopal, India
Dr Rajagopal is a renowned palliative care physician as well as the Founder & Chairman of Pallium, a palliative care non-governmental organisation based in Kerala, India. In 2014, Dr Rajagopal was honored by Human Rights Watch with Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend the right of patients to live and die with dignity.
 
Dr Rajagopal will focus on palliative care as a human right for cancer patients. Watch the trailer.
Thursday 4 October
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Dr Frank J. Chaloupka, US

Frank J. Chaloupka is a Research Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the UIC Health Policy Center. He holds appointments in the School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Administration, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Economics.  

 

Hundreds of professional publications and presentations have resulted from Dr. Chaloupka's research on the effects of prices, policies, and other environmental factors on tobacco use, alcohol use and abuse, illicit drug use, diet, physical activity, obesity, and related outcomes.

 

Dr Chaloupka will focus fiscal policy and cancer prevention:

unhealthy behaviours, including tobacco use, excessive drinking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, are leading causes of cancers and other non-communicable diseases. Fiscal policies, particularly excise taxation, can be used to curb these behaviours and promote health, while at the same time can improve government budgets by raising revenues and cutting costs.

 

Dr Chaloupka will review the evidence on the impact of fiscal policies on unhealthy behaviours and their consequences, describe how these policies are being used globally, and discuss their broader economic impact.

 

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Dr Rob Moodie, Australia
Dr Moodie is the eminent Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, and Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne's School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH). 
 
He chairs the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, and advises the World Health Organization in the areas of Non Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion. 
 
Dr Moodie will talk about the transferability of prevention strategies from high resource countries to low resource countries.