Dr.De Vuyst Hugo
International Agency for Research on Cancer
Dr. Hugo De Vuyst has worked from 1997 to 2004 in Kenya as an epidemiologist on the topic of HPV epidemiology and cervical cancer prevention, including in women living with HIV. He acquired considerable insight into the challenges of HPV vaccine development and delivery worldwide while working briefly as an epidemiologist with an HPV vaccine manufacturer in 2005. He joined the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon in 2006 and collaborated first with the Infections and Cancer Epidemiology group and later the Prevention and Implementation group, and also works with the Human Reproductive Health Research Department of the WHO, Geneva since 2013. The main area of involvement in his professional career has been in research on the prevention of cervical cancer through screening and treatment. He was principal or co-investigator in several projects on cervical cancer prevention and HPV prevalence in invasive cancer in Kenya, followed by research projects in South Africa, Kenya, and Senegal. He was PI in an operational study on the implementation of rapid HPV screening in Tanzania from 2014 to 2017. He has also contributed to the development of European guidelines for HPV testing and vaccination, and the continued update of the WHO cervical cancer control guidelines on topics such as novel ablative pre-cancerous treatments and cervical cancer screening in HIV-positive populations.