Dr. Eduardo L. Franco, BSc, MPH, DrPH, FRSC, FCAHS, OC, PhD (Hon.)
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr. Franco is James McGill Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology, and Chairman, Department of Oncology, at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine. He was previously a faculty member at the Université du Québec , Senior Researcher and Head of the Epidemiology Unit at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Brazil. Dr Franco holds BSc (1975) and Licentiate (1976) degrees in biology from UniCamp (Universidade de Campinas, Brazil), and master's (MPH) and doctoral (DrPH) degrees in public health microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a Guest Researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, and a post-doctoral fellow in cancer epidemiology during 1984 at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, and at Louisiana State University, in New Orleans.Dr Franco's research has focuses on the following topics: molecular epidemiology and prevention of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus-associated diseases, cancers of the upper aero-digestive tract, prostate, endometrium, and childhood tumours; studies of epidemiologic methods for evaluating efficacy of cancer screening strategies; the impact of measurement error in epidemiology; and studies of societal and clinical influences on cancer patient survival. Much of his research has been international, with collaborative projects in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the Congo Republic, United States, and with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in France.He is the Editor-in-Chief of Preventive Medicine (2013-18) and Founding Editor of Preventive Medicine Reports (2014-18) and serves on the editorial boards of several bio-medical journals He has served in several scientific or grant review panels as well as an advisor to the US President’s Cancer Panel (2012, 2013). Dr Franco was inducted as Officer of the Order of Canada (2016), and over the span of his career received several awards and honours in cancer, epidemiology and biostatistics, and recognition as a CIHR Distinguished Scientist, and holds the James McGill Professorship.