Carlo La Vecchia

Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

C. la Vecchia holds an M.D. degree and an M.S. degree. He is the Head of the Laboratory of Epidemiology at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy. He is also an Associate Professor of epidemiology at the University of Milan, an Adjunct Professor of eipdemiology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and an Adjunct Professor of medicine, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn, USA. He has authored or coauthored over 1800 publications in peer-reviewed journals (1480 included in Pubmed/Medline). To increase understanding of the mechanisms bearing on disease causation, Dr. La Vecchia has conducted extensive research in epidemiology, including systematically analyzing cancer trends in Europe and worldwide, with the goals of identifying and explaining major differences in cancer rates; examining separate and combined effects of alcohol and tobacco on carcinogenesis; gaining a deeper understanding of dietary correlates of cancer risk in the population of the Mediterranean area, where a diet rich in pulses, fresh fruit, and vegetables—and hence in selected micronutrients—appears to provide substantial protection against the risk of several neoplasms; quantifying this role of olive oil, other seasoning fats, but also other fat components of diet, such as n-3 polyunsatured fats in fish, on the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease in the Mediterranean; better understanding the role of different carbohydrates—in relation to their fiber composition and glycaemic index or load—in the process of carcinogenesis; and monitoring the epidemic of overweight and obesity and its impact on disease risk.

Biography Updated on 8 February 2011

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