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Upcoming Webinar: 23 May 2022 - 1PM UTC
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“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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