What the experts say

As the world’s leading authority on cancer prevention research related to diet, weight and physical activity, we work with the foremost global experts in this field.

Here’s a snapshot of what some of them have to say about what we do. 

Prof Tai Hing LamProf Tai Hing Lam
Corresponding Grant Panel member

Chair Professor, Head of Department, Department of Community Medicine,
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"The World Cancer Research Fund is now actually leading the whole area of research in relation to diet, food, nutrition, physical activity, overweight and obesity. It has a commitment to translate and disseminate the research to motive people to take action."

Dr Anne McTiernanDr Anne McTiernan
CUP Panel member
Full member/ Professor
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

"The World Cancer Research Fund is really unique in focusing on the role of diet, physical activity and obesity in cancer, both in risk and prognosis. There aren’t too many organisations like it in the world that really have that focus, so it’s very important. And it’s global."

Prof Steve HurstingProf Steve Hursting
CUP Panel member
Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

"WCRF has developed this incredible expertise for really summarising the world’s evidence on cancer prevention in a way that will transform the field so that we see a faster pace of progress."

Prof Ricardo UauyProf Ricardo Uauy
CUP Panel member
Professor of Human Nutrition/ Professor Public Health Nutrition
University of Chile, Chile/ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

"The WCRF Expert Reports and Continuous Update Project are the most thorough undertaking I have ever participated in terms of examining the evidence and establishing recommendations for cancer prevention derived from this evidence."

"WCRF does its work thoroughly in terms of examining the totality of the data from both experimental and human studies; this is the best evidence we have based on present knowledge on how to prevent cancer."

Sir Michael MarmotSir Michael Marmot
Panel Chair, Second Expert Report (2007) and Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention Report (2009)
Professor or Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London, UK

"What the WCRF International report on policy does is address the causes of the causes. Why do people eat, drink, be sedentary or physically active the way they are? So this [the Policy Report] looks at the policy implications of the scientific findings of the 2007 report."

Prof Elio RiboliProf Elio Riboli
Panel member, WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report (2007) and Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention Report (2009)

Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
Imperial College London, UK

"World Cancer Research Fund’s work has been extremely important because their Expert Report of 2007 provided the scientific background on the association between different components of diet, physical activity, obesity and cancer risk."

Cary AdamsCary Adams
CEO Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Chair of the NCD Alliance

"Global social change only occurs when all sectors of society are aligned behind an agreed and easily addressable imperative, based on sound science and embraced by those with the power to catalyse the change required. We are entering a time when the growing knowledge on the link between diet, exercise and disease is now in the hands of governments through the NCD movement. UICC is proud to partner with World Cancer Research Fund International in the job to help society change its increasingly poor dietary habits."

Dr Julie TorodeDr Julie Torode
Deputy CEO, Director of Advocacy and Programmes

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

"The period since the High Level Meeting on NCDs in September 2011 has been one of real and positive change in the political mindset with increasing awareness on the need to take action against the rising burden of cancer and other NCDs. WCRF International is a key UICC advocacy partner rising to the challenge of ensuring that the understanding of the role of diet and nutrition as well as obesity and physical activity from the cancer perspective are not lost in the broader debates. We look forward to taking this mission forward with WCRF International in key discussions shaping global development plans after 2015."

Dr Shiriki KumanyikaDr Shiriki Kumanyika
Panel member, WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report (2007) and Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention Report (2009)

Professor of Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

"The 2007 Expert Report identified the specific choices that people can make to protect themselves against cancer, but actually making those healthy choices remains difficult for many people. The Policy Report takes the next step – it identifies opportunities for us as a society to make those choices easier."

Prof David GunnellProf David Gunnell
Grant holder

Head of Research and Professor of Epidemiology
University of Bristol, UK

"WCRF funding has been critical in enabling us to follow up and investigate study members and we are extremely grateful to those who give their time, money and efforts to support our work."

Prof Alan JacksonProf Alan Jackson
Panel Chair, CUP

Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition
University of Southampton, UK

"My sense is that WCRF is on threshold of playing a major, if not dominant, role globally in helping to inform the way in which people make choices and live their lives, not only with respect to cancer, but more broadly with respect to other health issues."

Prof Hilary PowersProf Hilary Powers
CUP Panel member
Panel chair, Request for Applications (RFA) programme (2009) & Grant holder
Professor, Human Nutrition Unit
University of Sheffield, UK

"In the fight against cancer there are no geographical borders or frontiers. Science and research are truly international and the WCRF global network is dedicated to funding innovative research into the role of food, nutrition, physical activity and weight management in cancer around the world."

"We are very grateful to WCRF for funding our research, which quite simply would not be possible without their support."

"Cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx are increasing worldwide, especially those associated with infection by HPV. Our research will determine whether what we eat is linked to HPV infection and investigate how these compounds in our diet influence cell changes that can lead to cancer."

Prof Will StewardProf Will Steward
Panel Chair (2011 – present), Regular Grant Programme

Head of Department and Professor of Clinical Oncology
University of Leicester, UK

"I have been a Panel member for the Regular Grant Programme since 2005, and this is my third year as Chairman. Over the years, I have witnessed important advances in the area of cancer prevention through WCRF International grants and I look forward to seeing exciting developments."

Prof Elisa Bandera
CUP Panel member
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Cancer Institute of New Jersey, USA

"The WCRF Expert Report and the CUP Project represent the most comprehensive assessment of the evidence on the impact of food, nutrition and physical activity on cancer ever conducted. The work is extremely important to help the scientific community digest the massive amount of literature continuously being published in this area, as well as to identify gaps in research."

"At the personal level, being involved in the WCRF Expert Report and now in the CUP project has been very rewarding for me. I particularly enjoy the multi-disciplinary and international nature of the project, and the passion shown by everybody involved."

Prof Dennis CorpetProf Dennis Corpet
Speaker, WCRF International Conference (2010)

Ecole Nationale Veterinaire Toulouse, France

"Thank you for this meeting, and more generally for the excellent job the WCRF does for cancer prevention in the world. I think we are working together towards a healthier, and happier world."

Dr Steven ClintonDr Steven Clinton
CUP Panel member

Professor of Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University, USA

"The WCRF has accepted the difficult challenge of serving humanity as the major resource for scientifically based information on the complex role of diet, nutrition, and exercise in cancer risk, prevention, and survivorship."

"Other than my weekly clinic providing care to my cancer patients, serving the WCRF is one of the greatest privileges of my academic life. The importance of this effort and the impact that it has for individuals, the scientific research community, and public health efforts around the globe is enormous."

Dr Tim ByersDr Tim Byers
Panel member, WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report (2007), Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention Report (2009) & Chair, WCRF International/IASO Joint Conference, 2010

Associate Dean, Professor
University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre Denver, CO, USA

"...this [joint WCRF/IASO] conference will help to move our field more forward and less in circles in the months and years to come."

Prof Ashley CooperProf Ashley Cooper
Grant holder

Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health and Head of Centre
University of Bristol, UK

"Without WCRF’s continuing support we would not have been able to develop this work. WCRF has contributed substantially to our group becoming world leaders in this field."

Dr Michelle HarvieDr Michelle Harvie
Grant Panel member

Research dietitian
Nightingale and Genesis Prevention Centre
Wythenshawe Hospital, UK

"An increasing body of data has highlighted the adverse effects of excess weight and sedentary behaviour after a cancer diagnosis. Over half of cancer survivors in Western populations have been diagnosed with obesity-related cancers, which include breast cancer (28 per cent) and colorectal cancer (12 per cent)."

"A key question is whether weight control and exercise after diagnosis influence outcome and reduce cancer recurrence."

Dr Russell JagoDr Russell Jago
Co-applicant, Regular Grant Programme

Professor of Paediatric Physical Activity and Public Health
University of Bristol, UK

"The WCRF funded research shows that children are receptive to being encouraged to undertake more physical activity. We want to encourage young people to be active with their friends and support each other. This information can be used to design strategies to improve activity levels among children at a crucial stage in their development."

Prof Ellen KampmanProf Ellen Kampman
Grant holder & Principal Investigator, WCRF NL Wageningen Project

Professor in Diet and Cancer
Wageningen University, the Netherlands

"There are always new scientific findings. The WCRF network collects all the research findings in the field of cancer, and analyzes it. This is essential because this avoids the confusion of the public that may occur when less well-founded statements are made on the basis of an individual study only."

Prof Massimo PignatelliProf Massimo Pignatelli
Panel Chair (2003-2010), Regular Grant Programme

St Mungo-Notman Professor of Pathology and Head of the School of Medicine,
University of Glasgow, UK

"WCRF International saw the number and quality of applications increase significantly during the seven years I was Panel Chair."

Dr Christopher WildDr Christopher Wild
Speaker, WCRF International Conference (2010)

Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

"Although understanding the role of diet and nutrition in cancer is challenging, and somewhat frustrating at times, we must continue to pursue this line of research whilst also addressing the newer concerns relating to obesity and physical activity."

Prof Wong-Ho ChowProf Wong-Ho Chow
External scientist

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

"I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for the tremendous efforts WCRF have put into its exceptional publications. They have provided important information and served as references for my work over the years."

Prof Suzanne HoProf Suzanne Ho
Grant holder

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"Breast cancer incidence is increasing in Asia. WCRF is most timely in enabling epidemiological studies to elucidate how diet and lifestyle, particularly the traditional diet of soy intake, is related to reduction of breast cancer risk; and improvement of outcome in breast cancer survivors in this part of the world."

Dr Karen LillycropDr Karen Lillycrop
Grant holder

University of Southampton, UK

"This [WCRF funded] project will allow us to examine the relationship between folic acid and cancer risk, which is critical for developing dietary recommendations for cancer prevention..."

"It will give us novel insights into the regulation of key cancer-determining genes... and aid the development of safe and effective recommendations for folic acid intake."

Dr Isabelle RomieuDr Isabelle Romieu
Grant holder & and CUP Panel observer

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France

"Studying populations in rapid societal transition offers a great opportunity to understand the role of diet, body fatness and physical activity on cancer."

"WCRF support has been essential for developing our project and building the infrastructure, allowing the study of lifestyle factors and cancer in this understudied population. Findings will provide evidence to help public health strategies to reduce breast cancer in South African women."

Dr Sarah LewisDr Sarah Lewis
Grant holder

University of Bristol, UK

"There is a wealth of published information on the mechanisms between dietary factors and different types of cancer from animal and cell studies but this information is not often put together in a coherent review."

"In developing a [WCRF funded] protocol to do this, we hope that more people will carry out systematic reviews of mechanistic studies and this will allow us to look at the strength of evidence for particular nutrients and cancer risk and also to identify gaps in the research."

Prof Maurice ZeegersProf Maurice Zeegers
Grant holder

Maastricht University, the Netherlands

"Our mission is to develop and share epidemiological knowledge for the prevention and survival of chronic diseases, in particular cancer. Research and health education on genetics, nutrition and physical activity are essential in this endeavour."

"The World Cancer Research Fund is a key player as it facilitates research in exactly this area."

Dr Graham BurdgeDr Graham Burdge
Grant Panel member and Grant holder

Reader in Human Nutrition
University of Southampton School of Medicine, UK

"Membership of the WCRF International Grant Panel provides me with an opportunity to contribute to supporting high quality research in the important area of nutrition, physical activity and cancer risk. The multi-disciplinary nature of the Panel has given me new insights and perspectives on this field that have influenced my own research."

Prof Junshi ChenProf Junshi Chen
Panel member, WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report (2007) and Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention Report (2009)

Senior Researcher of National Institute for Nutrition and Food Safety
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China

"The Policy Report will provide a good reference for the Minister of Health in China to further develop the policies and national strategies in cancer control and prevention."

Prof Tola AtinmoProf Tola Atinmo
Panel member, WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report (2007) and Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention Report (2009)

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

"These findings are going to be of tremendous public interest and of course there is a lot of credit going to both WCRF and AICR for this [diet and cancer] Report."

Dr Judy HoDr Judy Ho
Grant holder

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"With the continuing support of WCRF, our research team can further our efforts in improving the treatment outcome of colorectal cancer survivors through the establishment of an evidence-based lifestyle intervention programme."

Prof Michael LeitzmannProf Michael Leitzmann
CUP Panel & Grant Panel member

Head, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine
 Regensburg University Medical Center, Germany

"The Continuous Update Project is essential because it provides comprehensive updates of the epidemiologic data relating food, nutrition, body weight and physical activity to cancer prevention and survival. Building upon the foundations of the WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report, it incorporates new evidence for each cancer on an ongoing basis, thereby providing the most current review of scientific data. This will allow us to keep abreast with the present state of the science for years to come."

Professor Peter FarmerProfessor Peter Farmer
Grant holder

Professor of Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Section Head
University of Leicester, UK

"I entered this particular field because I wished to do something to reduce the impact of cancer. The first research I did was related to drug therapy of cancer, but then I realised that prevention of cancer could have a bigger effect on reducing mortality from the disease."

"This work could not have been done in the absence of research grant funding as there are no local resources available. Thus WCRF has played an essential part in making the study possible."

Dr Paul BrennanDr Paul Brennan
Grant holder

Section and Group Head
Genetic Epidemiology Group
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon France

"The study will provide important evidence on the role of B vitamins in kidney cancer. Ultimately we want to increase our knowledge of the nutritional impact on kidney cancer risk, which is currently very limited, and provide advice on how to prevent it."