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IHCC Educational Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinar: 23 May 2022 - 1PM UTC

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IHCC’s free educational webinar series features new speakers each month who present their research and expertise in various fields of health sciences. With the ultimate goal to bring cohorts together to enhance information-sharing and collaboration, this online series aims to provide a forum for cohort members to:

  • exchange scientific ideas, best practices, and lessons learned;
  • showcase cohorts’ accomplishments, emphasizing LMICs;
  • share international funding opportunities;
  • and more!

Upcoming Webinar

“A Journey from Opium Research to the Opioid Cohort Consortium (OPICO)”

23 May 2022 - 1PM UTC

Mahdi Sheikh, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Mahdi Sheikh is a Medical Doctor and Cancer Epidemiologist and currently work as a Scientist at the Genomic Epidemiology branch of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC – WHO). Dr. Sheikh has led several epidemiologic studies to investigate the health consequences of using opioids in different settings. He also served as a rapporteur in the volume 126 of IARC Monographs that resulted in the classification of opium consumption into “group 1, carcinogenic to humans”.

Dr. Sheikh is currently leading the Opioid Cohort Consortium (OPICO) that brings together 10 international cohorts within 4 continents to characterize the patterns and long-term health consequences of using opioids across different countries.

Dr. Sheikh is also leading several international projects that aim to utilize epidemiologic, proteomic, and genetic data to investigate the effects of smoking cessation on the survival of smoker patients with different types of cancers.

About the Talk

Opium is an addictive narcotic drug obtained from the poppy plant and is widely used in some societies for recreational and pain relief purposes. Five decades of opium research, mostly conducted in Iran, showed associations between using opium and developing a wide range of cancers. This evidence resulted in the classification of opium consumption as “carcinogenic to humans” by the Monographs program of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC – WHO). This classification raised concerns about prescription opioids, which are either derived from opium or synthesized in laboratories to mimic its chemical structure and effects.

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Previous Webinars

April 26, 2022: Terra and the Biomedical Data Ecosystem 
Presented by: Dr. Geraldine Van der Auwera

March 31, 2022: Genomic Data Sharing for Global Health
Presented by: Peter Goodhand

February 28, 2022: Diversity in Africa or Novel COVID Host Susceptibility Study
Presented by: Dr. Michèle Ramsay and Dr. Andrew May

January 31, 2022: Global Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by: Dr. Sarah Bauermeister


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