French President Georges Pompidou officially opened a new centre for international cancer research in Lyons on Friday (9 June).
French President Georges Pompidou officially opened a new centre for international cancer research in Lyons on Friday (9 June). The centre is the new headquarters of the International Agency for Research on Cancer which is being financed by ten countries; France, the United States, Britain, Israel, Soviet Union, West Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, and Italy.
The center is a 14-story tower, containing laboratories and offices, built by France at a cost of 26 million France (two million sterling). The work of the centre will be financed by the ten-country group that will use the facilities, in conjunction with the United Nations World Health Organisation.
President and Madame Pompidou were taken on a tour of the new facility following the opening ceremony.
The idea of an international cancer research centre came nine years ago from thirteen French scientists and writers who proposed that the cost should be met by deducting funds from the military budgets of the nations taking part.
SYNOPSIS: The war on cancer will be waged on an international level at this research centre in Lyons, France. Ten countries will be combining their money and scientific knowledge to defeat the disease that kills one in five in industrialised nations.
French President Georges Pompidou and Madame Pompidou were on hand on Friday for the official opening of the facility. The fourteen-story building was built by the French at a cost of twenty-six million francs. The actual operation of the centre will be paid for by the ten member countries.
The director of the centre, Dr. John Higginson formally greeted President and Madame Pompidou and introduced them to his staff. When the facility is in full operation scientists from France, the Union, West Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Italy, and Israel will be working together on a cure for canner. President Pompidou described it as a model of cooperation among nations.
The centre includes complete laboratory and experimental facilities...The idea for such an international centre came from a group of French scientists and writers nine years ago. They wanted a facility financed from funds that would have gone into the military budgets of the participating countries.