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The recent publication of a hazard assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that focused on various pesticides resulted in considerable discussion and debate. In particular, the review of human, experimental and mechanistic data resulted in glyphosate (a herbicide that is widely used globally) being classified as a probable carcinogen. The evidence and methodology upon which the IARC assessment was based will be summarized. Implications of the conclusions and how the results differ from and complement other assessments (e.g., risk assessments) will be reviewed. Research and policy implications will also be discussed.
Presenter: Dr. John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin is Chief Science Officer and a Senior Scientist at Public Health Ontario, and a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Throughout his research career as an epidemiologist, he has studied a wide range of environmental and genetic determinants of disease, in large-scale studies with national and international collaborations. As a health system executive his knowledge exchange activities have included leading the development and delivery disease prevention and control programs across Ontario. Based on his previous studies, he was invited by the International Agency for Research on Cancer to contribute to a recent hazard assessment of certain pesticides.
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