Cancer memorandum signed

A new memorandum of understanding between the University of Otago and the International Agency for Research on Cancer will help generate more research opportunities for the university.

The first agreement between a New Zealand institution and the specialised United Nations agency was signed by Prof Diana Sarfati, of the university’s Wellington campus, in Lyon, France, this week.

The new relationship was a "positive advance" and would result in "further research opportunities", including at the university’s main campus in Dunedin, Prof Sarfati said in an interview.

The move would also put Otago University in an "excellent position" to help "shape the global cancer agency", she said.

The memorandum focuses on building capacity and specific research collaborations that will strengthen the evidence base for cancer prevention and control.

Areas of co-operation include the development of cancer registration infrastructure in the Pacific region, as well as research studies in cancer surveillance, disease causation, and prevention.

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