Prof Richard Gallagher
O. Harold Warwick Prize recipient in 2010
Richard Gallagher is an internationally-recognized cancer epidemiologist who has made fundamental contributions to cancer control. His work is focused primarily on the environmental causes of malignant melanoma, non-melanocytic skin cancers and other malignancies. In collaboration with other investigators in Canada and Australia, he identified intermittent sun exposure as a significant cause of both melanoma and cutaneous basal cell carcinoma, and occupational sun exposure as a cause of squamous cell skin cancer.
He has served on the board of directors and the Advisory Committee on Research for the Canadian Cancer Society and currently sits on the scientific council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. He has chaired numerous grant review panels and has acted as an external reviewer for many international cancer research organizations.
Professor Gallagher is a senior scientist at the BC Cancer Agency and a clinical professor in the school of population and public health at UBC.
He has published over 220 scientific papers and has presented at numerous international conferences.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.