Canada: Dr Heather BRYANT

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Dr Bryant is a public health physician and epidemiologist whose career has focused on population-based cancer control. In 1990, at the Alberta Cancer Board, she implemented the firstpopulation-based breast screening programme in the province. As Vice President of Population Health and Information, she led the cancer registry, population-based research, active screening and prevention programmes, and implementation of the patient electronic health record. In 2008, she joined the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer as Vice President Cancer Control, and is implementing the Canadian cancer control strategy with partners throughout the country. She has chaired many national committees in cancer control, screening, and research.


My work in cancer control has built partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders in cancer prevention, screening and care delivery systems – the public, policymakers, professionals, health agencies, and many others – and mobilising these teams to reach significant cancer control outcomes. In my current position with the CanadianPartnership Against Cancer (CPAC), a non-governmental agency mandated to implement the national cancer control strategy, it is critical to build relationships that allow us to synergize activity and accelerate progress, while recognising that the actual care and healthcare management decisions are made by our partners in their own jurisdictions. This is similar to the potential global role of the UICC, and thus I believe this experience will be of value. I have had several international roles, including membership on the Governing Council for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), as an executive member of the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) (contributing to the measurement of the global cancer burden), as a Board Member for the International Cancer Benchmarking Programmeme (an international analysis of survival and public attitudes towards cancer), and on a cancer control working group for the World Health Organisation (WHO). With the UICC, I have been a member of the Strategic Coordinating Committee (attending Board meetings), co-led the Prevention stream for the 2010 UICC Congress, and co-chaired the Scientific ProgrammeCommittee for the 2012 Congress. I look forward to assisting the UICC to develop significant global leadership in cancer control as a Board Member.