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The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine holds an advanced ‘Cancer Survival’ short course each year.
Details can be found here.

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Summer School in Lyon

Training Courses - Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology - 2015

Call now open for applications. Deadline: 12 January 2015

15 June-3 July 2015

The aim of the IARC Summer School is to stimulate research in cancer epidemiology by improving scientific knowledge and developing skills among researchers worldwide. Special consideration is given to countries with limited resources for the control of chronic diseases, including cancer. By helping to develop local expertise in cancer epidemiology and by strengthening research institutions through international collaborations, IARC aims to enhance cancer prevention.

Target Participants

The modules are open to cancer registry staff, epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians, oncologists, public health specialists, postgraduate students and others interested in initiating or pursuing work in cancer epidemiology and related disciplines. The programme aims to provide training for personnel at all levels of experience, leaders in research as well as supporting workers. Participants will be accepted from any institution or group involved in cancer monitoring, evaluation of care practices and preventive interventions, or etiological research. In general, priority is given to applicants from countries in greatest need of development in the area of cancer epidemiology. For the module “Cancer Survival Methods for Cancer Registries”, priority will be given to personnel from institutions where long-standing cancer registries of good quality are functional.

Equipment and Materials

Participants will be provided with manuals, textbooks, personal computers, and software as required during the course.

Practical sessions and demonstrations will make use of widely available software.


The Summer School is organized in modules.

All lectures are complemented with practical sessions and group work.

Two modules will be held from 15 June to 3 July. The first module - new this year - (Cancer Survival Methods for Cancer Registries) lasts for one week and the second module (Introduction to Cancer Epidemiology) lasts for two weeks.

Participation Requirements

All participants must be fluent in English, the working language of the course.
Participants may take one or two modules and may return in different years to take different modules.

Please note that this is an intensive course with homework assignments. The daily schedule is 09:00 to 18:00. Prior to the start of Module 2, participants may wish to familiarize themselves with the course textbook, Cancer Epidemiology: Principles and Methods, edited by I. Dos Santos Silva, available in pdf format at

We do not insist that participants have qualifications in statistics, but some experience would be beneficial to take full advantage of the course. Experience with STATA software would also be useful.

Course Certificate and Assessment

Participants are expected to be present throughout the full duration of the course. Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a certificate of participation provided that all sessions have been attended. There is no formal examination.


Course Fee: Participants based in the low- and middle-income countries listed here are exempt from a course fee. For participants from high-income countries, there is a universal fee of €400 for the course, regardless of how many modules are taken, which includes course materials and tea/coffee at each break.

Participants are responsible for the cost of travel and accommodation. Financial support for travel and accommodation is available for a limited number of participants from low- and medium-resource countries. Selected participants from low-resource countries may be offered travel and living expenses, whereas those from medium-resource countries may be offered living expenses only, and would have to find other financial support for their travel.


Lecturers will be a combination of IARC scientists and external invited specialists.

Visa and Accommodation

Participants are responsible for obtaining a visa to France, if required. IARC will provide them with an invitation letter to facilitate this process. IARC will assist participants in arranging accommodation in student-type residences in Lyon at preferential rates.


The Summer School has been supported by the National Cancer Institute, USA (NCI) and by the Nordic Cancer Union (NCU).


 IARC Courses Programme
 International Agency for Research on Cancer
 150 cours Albert Thomas
 F-69008 Lyon
 Tel: +33 4 72 73 80 72
 Fax: +33 4 72 73 80 80

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine holds an advanced ‘Cancer Survival’ short course each year.
Details can be found here.