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History of UICC

The origins of UICC

In 1933, cancer researchers recognised the need to share knowledge and expertise globally and so founded the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

The occasion was a cancer congress in Madrid, during which Dr Jacques Bandaline declared:

"I wish to move a motion calling for the creation of an international organisation to promote the fight against cancer through research, therapy and the development of social activities."

Dr Bandaline's proposal was voted unanimously and greeted by prolonged applause.

The need for an international organisation to cope with the cancer burden and to attempt to control the disease had been felt for several years.

Since then, UICC has grown to embrace organisations engaged in all aspects of cancer prevention and control: voluntary cancer societies, research and treatment centres, public health authorities, patient support networks and advocacy groups, and ministries of health.

UICC in the new millennium

Over the years, UICC has fostered the development of cancer institutions, the sharing and exchange of knowledge, the transfer of skills and technologies, and the education of professionals engaged in cancer control.

In the 21st century, UICC has embarked on new directions, with convening, capacity building, and knowledge, advocacy and policy at the core of its activities. UICC continues its tradition as a solidly science-based organisation, while putting greater emphasis on the public health perspective and the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Without the efforts of members, partners, donors and cancer experts throughout the world, UICC would not be able to have such a wide-reaching impact in global cancer control.

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Recent milestones

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UICC Past Presidents

Term President name and nationality
1935 –
1953
Mr Justin Godart (France)
1953 –
1958
Professor J.H. Maisin (Belgium)
1958 –
1962
Dr V. Khanolkar (India)
1962 –
1966
Professor A. Haddow (U.K.)
1966 –
1970
Dr N.N. Blokhin (Russia)
1970 –
1973
Dr W.U. Gardner (U.S.A.)
1973 –
1978
Professor P. Denoix (France)
1978 –
1982
Professor U. Veronesi (Italy)
1982 –
1986
Professor A.C.C. Junqueira (Brazil)
1986 –
1990
Professor C.G. Schmidt (Germany)
1990 –
1994
Professor S. Eckhardt (Hungary)

 

Term President name and nationality
1994 – 1998 Dr N.J. Gray (Australia)
1998 – 2002 Dr E. Robinson (Israel)
2002 – 2006 Dr John Seffrin (U.S.A.)
2006 – 2008 Dr Franco Cavalli (Switzerland)
2008 – 2010 Dr David Hill (Australia)
2010 – 2012  Dr Eduardo Cazap (Argentina)
2012 – 2014 Professor Mary Gospodarowicz (Canada)
2014 – 2016 Professor Tezer Kutluk (Turkey)
2016 – 2018 Professor Sanchia Aranda (Australia)
2018 – 2020 H.R.H. Princess Dina Mired of Jordan (Jordan)

UICC Secretary-Generals/Chief Executives

The Secretary-General position was eliminated in 2002 after a change of UICC's constitution. UICC is now lead by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Term Name and nationality
1935 – 1953 Professor J.H. Maisin (Belgium) 
1953 – 1963 Dr H. Dorn (U.S.A.)
1964 – 1966 Dr M.J. Shear (U.S.A.)
1966 – 1974 Dr R.M. Taylor (Canada) 
1974 – 2000 Dr G.P. Murphy (U.S.A.)
Jan. 2000 –
Sept. 2000
Dr L.J. Denis (Belgium)
Sept. 2000 –
July 2002
Dr S. Kvinnsland (Norway)
July 2002 –
Sept. 2009
Mrs Isabel Mortara (Italy)
as Executive Director
Sept. 2009 –
now
Dr Cary Adams (United Kingdom)
as Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Past World Cancer Congresses

  • 25th KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia 1 - 4 October 2018
  • 24th PARIS, France 31 October - 3 November 2016
  • 23rd MELBOURNE, Australia December 3-6, 2014 
  • 22nd MONTRÉAL, Canada August 27-30, 2012
  • 21st SHENZHEN, China August 18-21, 2010 
  • 20th GENEVA, Switzerland August 27-31, 2008 
  • 19th WASHINGTON, U.S.A. July 8-12, 2006 
  • 18th OSLO, Norway June 30 - July 4, 2002 
  • 17th RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil  August 1998  
  • 16th NEW DELHI, India October-November 1994 
  • 15th HAMBURG, Germany August 1990 
  • 14th BUDAPEST, Hungary September 1986 
  • 13th SEATTLE, U.S.A. October 1982 
  • 12th BUENOS AIRES, Argentina October 1978 
  • 11th FLORENCE, Italy May 1974 
  • 10th HOUSTON, U.S.A. October 1970 
  • 9th TOKYO, Japan July 1966 
  • 8th MOSCOW, Russia July 1962 
  • 7th LONDON, U.K. July 1958 
  • 6th SAO PAULO, Brazil July 1954 
  • 5th PARIS, France September 1950 
  • 4th ST. LOUIS, U.S.A September 1947 
  • 3rd ATLANTIC CITY, U.S.A. September 1939 
  • 2nd BRUSSELS, Belgium September 1936 
  • 1st MADRID, Spain October 1933
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7th World Cancer Congress in London, United Kingdom in 1958

9th World Cancer Congress in Tokyo, Japan in October 1966

Last update: 
Tuesday 10 December 2019
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