Nobel Prize winning doctor discusses cancer prevention in Vietnam

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Professor Harald zur Hausen, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008, is visiting Vietnam to speak at the 4th ASEAN event series aimed at developing science as a basis for peace.

The professor at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg was in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday and will be in Hanoi on Friday to speak at "Bridges Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace," said the Vienna-based International Peace Foundation which organized the visit.

Prof. Hausen gave a speech on "Cancer prevention as a challenge for global health" at the Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City and will speak again at the Hanoi Medical University.

He is the second Nobel Laureate visiting Vietnam this month for the Bridges event. Prof. Roger B. Myerson who won a Nobel in Economics in 2007 visited last week and spoke about "Leadership, democracy and local government" at the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi.

The 4th ASEAN Bridges series was started early in November and will involve major public events which will run in Vietnam through March 2013.

It covers political, economic, scientific, cultural and media-related issues, with the participation of Nobel Laureates of Economics, Physics, Chemistry and Medicine, Prof. Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission, and the 2010 Fields Medal Laureate Ngo Bao Chau.

The events aim to connect Nobel Laureates with local universities and other institutions to establish long-term relationships aimed at enhancing science, technology and education as a basis for peace and development.

All events are open to the public and free of charge.

The International Peace Foundation has hosted 450 "Bridges" events in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Cambodia since 2003 to support education in Southeast Asian countries, with speakers including 38 Nobel Laureates and 18 artists such as British violinist Vanessa-Mae and US filmmaker Oliver Stone.

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