The oncologist and epidemiologist Francesc Xavier Bosch has been awarded an honorary doctorate (Honoris Causa) by the University of Barcelona today February 11th, 2016. At the ceremony, which was held in the Paranimf, have acted as guarantors Francesc Cardellach, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UB, and Victor Raul Moreno, professor of the Department of Clinical Sciences.
Francesc Xavier Bosch (Barcelona, 1947) is a Doctor of Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and earned a Masters of Public Health and Cancer Epidemiology at the University of California-Los Angeles. He was responsible of the Research Program in Cancer Epidemiology of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) and head of the Infection and Cancer Research Group of IDIBELL. His field of study is epidemiological research on cancers associated with infectious agents. Throughout his career, he has conducted studies on liver cancer, cervical, skin, vagina, anus, penis and oral cavity. He has also developed studies on diet and colorectal cancer, and methodological research in cancer registries. It is one of the introducers of the so-called molecular epidemiology, based on the application of molecular technology to large epidemiological studies worldwide.
One of his greatest achievements is to have contributed to identify the human papillomavirus (HPV) as the cause of most cervical cancers agent. He has also led the implementation of techniques for detection and screening of this type of cancer and the development of a preventive vaccine, which have been distributed about 200 million doses between 2006 and 2014.
From the educational point of view, Dr. Bosch has promoted the virtual learning platform e-oncology, designed to provide specialized training in the field of public health and oncology training, mainly professionals from developing countries and with limited means. Currently, the platform has around 15,000 participants.
Link to the conference: http://bioinfo.iconcologia.net/uploader/files/serc/FXB_Honoris_Causa.pdf