Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Chair in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention



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Professor Elio  Riboli is Chair in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention and was formerly the Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, rated one of the top two epidemiology and public health submissions to the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2009. He holds an M.D. degree (1977, State University of Milan), a Master of Public Health (1980, Milan) and a Master of Science in Epidemiology (1982, Harvard University). Professor Riboli is a Registered Physician (General Medical Council, UK, 2005) and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (2008).

From 1983 to 2005, Professor Riboli was based at Lyon’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), where he developed new research projects in the areas of nutrition, nutritional status and cancer. In 1989, he initiated the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC), which sampled data from 500,000 subjects across 26 centres in ten countries. He was Head of the Nutrition and Hormones Group of IARC from 2004 to 2005.

Professor Riboli has co-authored over 310 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 book chapters and books and serves on editorial boards of major journals on nutrition, cancer and epidemiology. 

In 2005, he joined Imperial College London as Professor of Cancer Epidemiology; in 2006 he was appointed Divisional Head of Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care, which later became the School of Public Health. Professor Riboli stepped down as Head of the School at the end of 2017.



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