Nubia Muñoz MD MPH

Nubia Muñoz is a former Unit chief at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, and an Emeritus Professor of the National Cancer Institute of Colombia.

Dr. Muñoz earned her Medical Degree and Board of Pathologist at the University of Valle in Cali, Colombia. She served a Fellowship in Pathology and virology at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Cancer Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. 

After completing her training she spent her 31 years career at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France.

She has conducted epidemiological research on cancers linked to infectious agents, which represent an important health problem in developing countries. She implemented various research projects in over 40 countries around the world. These have been instrumental in demonstrating the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) as the central and necessary cause of cervical cancer and a contributing factor in other cancers, such oral cancer; the causal role of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus in liver cancer; and elucidating the role of Helicobacter pylori in gastric cancer.  

Dr. Muñoz has received various awards from her university and medical societies from Colombia, she is member of Academy of Medicine of Colombia, received the Distinguished Alumna Award of The Johns Hopkins University, the membership of the Society of Scholars of The Johns Hopkins University, the Distinguished Epidemiologist Award from three Epidemiology Societies of North America, the Sir Richard Doll award from the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) in 2008. In 2008 she was also nominated jointly with Harald zur Hausen to the Nobel Prize of Medicine by the International Epidemiological Association for her pioneer work on HPV and cervical cancer. She received the 2009 Bruchbacher prize for Cancer Research from the Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Foundation for Cancer Research in Zurich and the first Canada Gairdner Global Health award from the Gairdner Foundation. In 2010 she received the IARC medal of Honour and was named “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur”, the highest honour conferred by France. In 2011 she received the “Cruz de Boyaca” the highest honour conferred by Colombia. In 2015 Dr Munoz was conferred the Doctor of Sciences “Honoris Causa” by the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and was invited to give the “Andrew FD Holmes Memorial Lecture”.