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Using HPV tests for cervical cancer screening and managing HPV-positive women – a practical online guide

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Dr Smita Joshi
Dr Smita Joshi (MBBS, PGD-EPI, PhD) started working with IARC in 2009, when IARC initiated the multicentre study to evaluate two versus three doses of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine in India. She led the study at Jehangir Clinical Development Centre, Pune, India. She continues to lead the follow-up study of the HPV-vaccinated and unvaccinated women in Pune. She leads some of the research studies on cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer screening at Prayas, a non-profit organization in Pune. Her particular interest is in research studies in women living with HIV for cervical cancer prevention at Prayas, and she is the author of important publications in the field. She is also in charge of the colposcopy centre at Prayas, and she is recognized as a trainer for the International Federation of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (IFCPC)-IARC and Indian Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ISCCP) colposcopy courses. She is the site principal investigator of the Serum Institute of India’s HPV vaccine study at Ruby Hall Clinic. She is working with the IARC Screening team as a consultant for the development of the course titled “Comprehensive Learning Programme on Screening, Diagnosis, and Management of Cervical Precancer” for the WHO Academy. She has completed Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) International Cancer Research Technology Transfer (ICRETT) and Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer (YY) Fellowships at IARC.

Dr Partha Basu
Dr Partha Basu is the Head of the Early Detection, Prevention, and Infections Branch at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in Lyon, France. Before joining IARC in 2015, he was head of the Department of Gynaecological Oncology at Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), India. Dr Basu obtained his MD from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India, and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Examinations (DNB), New Delhi. He was trained in gynaecological oncology at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. Dr Basu has conducted several community-based research projects to evaluate new cervical cancer screening tests, novel methods of treating cervical precancers, and prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV). Involvement in these projects helped Dr Basu to gain vast experience in colposcopy and also to collect images and videos to prepare this atlas. He has conducted training courses in cervical cancer screening, visual inspection, colposcopy, and management of cervical precancers all over India and in other countries. Dr Basu is an author of 109 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 books or book chapters. He has contributed to several World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and has served as a consultant to the ministries of health in India and several South Asian countries and also to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He is the founder secretary of the Asia-Oceania Research Organisation on Genital Infections and Neoplasia (AOGIN)-India and the past vice-president of the Association of Gynaecologic Oncologists of India (AGOI).

Technical Consultant

Mr Eric Lucas
Mr Eric Lucas is a Health Information Systems Specialist who joined the Screening Unit at IARC in 1999. His work includes designing health information systems and monitoring field studies, pilot projects, and national programmes, specifically in low- and middle-income countries. Mr Lucas is involved in the development of digital teaching materials (e.g. image atlases and digital tutorials). He was previously involved in cancer registration at IARC in the Unit of Descriptive Epidemiology. He has served as a consultant to WHO, the United Nations Population Fund, the European Union, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), and Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology (JHPIEGO) in different African, Asian, South American, and European countries to help them to implement and monitor cancer prevention and early detection activities.


Dr Srabani Mittal
We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the late Dr Srabani Mittal, the first author of the Atlas of visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid for screening, triage, and assessment for treatment. Several sections are common to both the present HPV atlas and the VIA atlas authored by Dr Mittal.

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