Dr. Edgar Rivedal, head of the cell biology group at the Department of Cancer Prevention is elected Chairperson of the Scientifc Council of the "International Agency for Research on Cancer" (IARC).
The Scientific Council consists of scientists appointed as experts in cancer research, one from each of the 21 member states.
The main purpose of the Scientific Council is to make periodical evaluations of IARC’s activities and make recommendations and suggestions on the programme of permanent activities.
IARC was established in 1965 and is an extension of the World Health Organization. IARC's mission is to coordinate and conduct global research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control. The Agency is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships.