USQ cancer researcher shortlisted for global cancer group

University of Southern Queensland Professor Jeff Dunn AO has been shortlisted to lead an international group committed to the fight against cancer.
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Professor Dunn, who also heads the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, was named as one of two candidates for President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

With 1188 organisation members across 172 countries, UICC is a network of research institutes, healthcare agencies, ministries of health, and other partners committed to shaping cancer control on a global scale.

UICC announced 22 candidates for the 14 available Board of Director roles and two for the President-elect position, including Professor Dunn.

In a statement, UICC President HRH Princess Dina Mired said: “It is truly great to see that so many outstanding experts want to make a difference for cancer control on UICC's Board.”

“This certainly speaks for the relevance and reputation of our organisation and is a promising sign for UICC's future.”

University of Southern Queensland Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie congratulated Professor Dunn on the nomination.

“Professor Dunn has played an important role at the University as Chair and Research Program Director of our Centre for Health Research’s Social and Behavioural Science team,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“His research and work to support numerous joint initiatives with health partners is key to our efforts to improve cancer survivorship and quality of life for regional Australians.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia National Chair Steve Callister said the nomination recognised Professor Dunn’s 30 year track record of service to the UICC, to international cancer control, and to Australian men and families affected by prostate cancer.

“To be nominated by his peers as a candidate for global leadership is truly a testimony of the impact that Jeff has had,” Mr Callister said.

“It also speaks to the increasing relevance and role of PCFA in reducing the worldwide burden of prostate cancer.”

The elections will take place at the UICC General Assembly on 6 October 2020.

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In a statement, UICC President HRH Princess Dina Mired said: “It is truly great to see that so many outstanding experts want to make a difference for cancer control on UICC's Board.”