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viernes, 15 de noviembre 2019
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Nobel laureate visits UdeA

German virologist and professor emeritus Harald zus Hausen, a Nobel laureate who has done research on cancer of the cervix, will visit Universidad de Antioquia this week to discuss about cancer research in Colombia. Dr. zur Hausen received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2008 for his discovery of the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer.


Dr. Professor Dr. Harald zus Hausen received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2008

German virologist Professor Dr. Harald zus Hausen will give a free public lecture at Universidad de Antioquia on Friday, November 4. Dr. zur Hausen will talk about prevention of cancer associated with bacteria and viruses, which are responsible for 20 percent of cancer cases worldwide.

Zur Hausen’s discovery of the relationship between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer earned him the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His extensive research, which focuses on how viruses can cause cancer, has led to a better understanding of the disease.

During his visit, Dr. zus Hausen will also meet with Colombian scientists and scholars to discus issues such as the role of viruses as a cause of cancer and how to prevent infection with cancer-causing viruses.

Zus Hausen’s research on HPV led to the development of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide. He will also meet with researchers, students and representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection to discuss about the efficacy and safety of HPV vaccines for primary prevention of cervical cancer.  

The German Nobel laureate will also address issues such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) - which is associated with cancer of the lymphatic system -, hepatitis B and C – which are responsible for increased risk of liver cancer – and Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with gastric cancer.

According to figures released by the Antioquia’s Department of Health and Social Protection 4,6 out of every 100,000 women (about 151 cases a year) died from cervical cancer in 2015.  It is estimated that 75 percent of all cases of cervical cancer are linked to HPV.

The lecture entitled "Prevention of infection-associated cancers" will take place within the framework of the 5th Seminar on Pharmacology and Toxicology organized by the UdeA School of Medicine, November 3-5, 2016.

Issues such as mercury usage in gold mining, aerial spraying of glyphosate on illicit crops, and medical uses of cannabis, among others, will also be discussed at the event.  

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