Study Team and Oversight

Study Team

The study team comprises experts in epidemiology, statistics, exposure measurement and modelling, occupational epidemiology, and industrial hygiene. Several members of the team speak both Russian and English.

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France Dr Joachim Schüz (Lead)
Ms Monika Moissonnier
Dr Ann Olsson
Dr Evgenia Ostroumova
Dr Graham Byrnes
Mr Gilles Ferro
Dr Sara Schonfeld
Dr Eleonora Feletto
Dr Kurt Straif

Izmerov Research Institute of Occupational Health (FSBSI), Moscow, Russian Federation Dr Igor Bukhtiyarov (Lead)
Dr Evgeny Kovalevskiy
Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Dr Hans Kromhout
Yekaterinburg Medical Research Center for Prophylaxis and Health Protection in Industrial Workers, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation Dr Sergei Kashansky

Each Study Team member has completed Declaration of Interests forms. Declaration of interests are regularly updated

In relation to the Declarations of Interests from the Russian collaborators from RIOH (Dr Evgeny Kovalevskiy; EK) and the Yekaterinburg Medical Research Center (Dr Sergey Kashansky; SK), the following conflicts of interest were declared:

  • EK and SK reported receiving, on behalf of their institutes and personally through consulting firms, payments from companies to evaluate exposure to asbestos and risk of asbestos-related disease in those workplaces.

Other study collaborators declared no relevant conflicts of interest.

For full transparency, the following additional activities are noted:

  • EK reported participation as an occupational and environmental health expert as part of the delegation of the Russian Ministry of Health at multiple World Health Assembly meetings as well as at the Conference of the Parties to the Basel and Rotterdam Conventions.

  • EK and SK reported attending meetings organized by the International Chrysotile Association and reported that all expenses for attendance were paid by their respective institutes.

  • EK reported that upon invitation from the Federación Internacional de Trabajadores del Amianto Crisotilo in the name of the Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores na Indústria, he delivered a presentation on the Development of a National Program for Elimination of Asbestos-Related Diseases in the Russian Federation at an asbestos public hearing held by the Brazilian Supreme Court. EK reported that all expenses for attendance were paid by his institute.