Fourth UNESCO Scientific Forum:“Progress that saves lives”The new vaccine against uterine cancer, targeted chemotherapy and minimally-invasive surgery are some of the most spectacular recent developments in cancer treatment that will be discussed at the Fourth UNESCO Scientific Forum. Focused this year on the subject “Cancer: Progress that saves lives”, the forum will be held 18 January, at UNESCO Headquarters, from 3.30 to 6.30 p.m.
Organized by UNESCO in partnership with Paris Match, a French weekly magazein, the forum will be opened by the Organization’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the French Minister of Health and Social Cohesion, Xavier Bertrand. It is held under the high patronage of French president Jacques Chirac and is supported by the French National Cancer Institute and the League to Fight Cancer.
In 2006, cancer killed more than seven million people worldwide, and 11 million more cases were diagnosed, more than half of them in Asia and nearly a third in Europe.
Michaël Sela, Honorary President of the Weizmann Institute in Israel; David Khayat, Head of Medical Oncology at Pitié-Salpétrière hospital; Martine Piccard, Head of Medicine at the Jules-Bordet Institute in Brussels and president of the Breast International Group; Freddie Hamdy, Professor of Urology at the University of Sheffield Medical School; and Jean-Yves Blay, Scientific Director of the Canceropôle in Lyon are among some 15 renowned specialists who will speak at the forum, which is open to the public. They will discuss, notably, the latest discoveries in cancer research and the newest technology for diagnosis and surgery.
UNESCO began its partnership with Paris Match four years ago to organize these forums as part of the Organization’s mission to promote science and contribute to better sharing of scientific knowledge. Previous forums covered the latest research on breast cancer, AIDS, and inflammatory joint diseases.