New fellowship awarded in nutrition & cancer

Fellowship awarded to senior nutrition researcher based in Ghana

25 April 2016

World Cancer Research Fund International, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) are pleased to announce that Dr Francis Zotor from the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana, has been awarded a Fellowship to travel to IARC in France to receive training in the area of nutrition and cancer.

We are awarding this Fellowship at a time when westernised diets are increasing in many populations across Africa, and so far there has been very little research to study how such diets impact health, including cancer.

This Fellowship, commencing in Spring this year, will provide:

  • Training on how to set-up new studies on nutrition and cancer to be applied in Ghana, and the wider African region in the future
  • Support in undertaking a review of trends in nutritional intake and obesity in Africa, to better understand how such trends relate to cancer incidence
  • Learn about the GloboDiet nutritional surveillance initiative – that enables the collection of detailed, standardised data to help better understand the current nutrition situation among populations across the world– and explore the feasibility of applying this initiative in Africa

Dr Zotor, Head of Department and Senior Lecturer at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana says

“We live in a technological age where breakthroughs are being made across several sectors including nutrition and food security, and at the same the number of cancer cases are increasing.

“The scientific community must utilise these breakthroughs and leave no stone unturned until we find solutions that link our diets and cancer. This Fellowship will help me to set up new studies to better understand these links.”This fellowship is part of World Cancer Research Fund International’s Academy programme, which helps to develop future leaders in nutritional epidemiology.