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Food and cancer: a game of give and take

Cancer Research Network



Law Foyer New Law Building, Eastern Avenue The University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)

The Cancer Research Network invites you to a lecture by Dr Alessandro Demaio from the World Health Organisation.

This lecture is one of the opening events for the Food Governance Conference.

Following a brief outline of the epidemiological, biological and environmental links between food, nutrition and cancer, Alessandro will explore the ‘give and take’ opportunities between the cancer and nutrition communities – in the context of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. Firstly, the strong narrative provided by food, as a focusing element for action on cancer and NCDs from preventive health to public policy. Then, key lessons the nutrition community can learn from the cancer community – with particular emphasis on sharing and translating successes from the fight on tobacco to the challenges posed by junkfood.

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Dr Alessandro Demaio is medical officer for noncommunicable conditions and nutrition at the World Health Organisation, and co-founder of NCDFREE, a global social movement for a world without preventable noncommunicable diseases. Alessandro trained and worked as a medical doctor at the Alfred Hospital in Australia, and holds a Masters in Public Health and a PhD. Alessandro held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was assistant professor and course director in global health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. He also established and led the PLOS blog Translational Global Health, and has served on the Advisory Board of the EAT Initiative: the global, multi-stakeholder platform for food, health and environmental sustainability.