In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) as a Collaborating Centre for Occupational and Environmental Cancer. This designation is the result of a long-standing partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which serves as the Americas regional office of the WHO, on occupational cancer research and prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As a Collaborating Centre, this designation will see OCRC and its sister organization CAREX Canada working with PAHO to provide technical advice, develop guidelines and manuals, and offer training and education on developing exposure surveillance projects. The team will also develop models for estimating the burden of occupational cancer applicable to Latin America and the Caribbean and other WHO regions, and promote the prevention of occupational cancer more broadly.
“The Collaborating Centre designation provides a platform to work together across borders,” says Dr. Paul Demers, Director of OCRC and Scientific Director of CAREX Canada. “We look forward to seeing these international CAREX projects develop, and to see them applied in preventing exposures and thereby reducing the burden of cancer.”