The European Association of Cancer Research has appointed University of Manchester Professor Richard Marais as its new President sitting from 2014 to 2016.
As part of his role as President, Professor Marais who is Director of Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute based at the University, will take the lead role in organising the 24th EACR Biennial Congress, to be held in Manchester from 9 – 12 July 2016.
This prestigious event will help raise the profile of cancer research in Manchester on a global level.
The European Association for Cancer Research has over 9,000 researcher members and aims to advance cancer research. Founded in 1968, it is Europe’s largest member society for cancer research.
It sets out to raise the profile of cancer research and cancer researchers in Europe and the need for sustained political and economic support.
Professor Marais is also part of Manchester Cancer Research Centre, a partnership between the University, CRUK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, set up to advance cancer research in the region.
Professor Marais said "It is an honour to be elected President of the EACR and I look forward to leading the Association and its activities over the next two years. I am particularly delighted that my presidency will culminate with bringing EACR 24 to my home town and I look forward to seeing many from the University of Manchester there.”