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Elio Riboli


Professor Elio Riboli’s career started at the Department of Epidemiology of the National Institute of Cancer, Milan (1978-1983). In 1983 Elio was appointed Medical Officer in Epidemiology at the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organisation-United Nations (IARC-WHO) based in Lyon, France.  While at IARC in the mid 1980’s, he engaged a novel area of research focusing on the role of diet, nutrition and endogenous hormones in cancer aetiology. These research activities led to Elio identifying the need of establishing very large population-based longitudinal cohorts, supported by biobanks, designed to better investigate and understand the role of behavioral, metabolic and genetic factors in the aetiology of cancer and other common chronic diseases. In 1990 this materialised into the initiation of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), supported by the “Europe against Cancer” programme of the EC. As the coordinator of EPIC, his research has focused on the role of diet, physical activity, obesity in cancer epidemiology and prevention. He led research that identified the role of insulin resistance components of the metabolic syndrome and endogenous sex hormones in the risk of developing cancers of the breast, colorectum, endometrium and kidney. 
 
In 2006 Elio moved from IARC to Imperial College where he was initially appointed Professor and Chair in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention and in 2008 the Director of the School of Public Health. At Imperial College, he has continued his research in cancer epidemiology, extending his interests to the interactions between genetic predisposition and lifestyle and metabolic factors, as well as to the association between these factors and life expectancy and premature death.
 
Elio has co-authored over 700 peer-reviewed publications, of which over 500 based on EPIC and over 100 book chapters. Elio has served on editorial boards of major journals on nutrition, cancer, epidemiology and medicine and also on national and international committees addressing health policy in relation to cancer epidemiology/prevention and nutritio

 

Nutrition & Cancer: from epidemiology to prevention

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