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Maqsood Siddiqi


Prof. Siddiqi is Founder Chairman of Cancer Foundation of India based in Kolkata. He is a research scientist with over 40 years of experience in scientific research, teaching, public health and institutional management in India and abroad.

He was Director of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), 1994-2001, and later that of Bose Institute, Kolkata, India, 2001-2005, where he guided research and managed a large number of research projects in diverse areas in Cancer such as chemoprevention of cancer, epidemiology, and lifestyle risk factors associated with cancer, cervical cancer screening and HPV. He established the Population Based Cancer Registry, Kolkata in 1997. His discovery of Caffeine-derived N-nitroso compounds and their implication in high incidence of cancer oesophagus and stomach in Kashmir and his work on cancer chemo-preventive role of curcumin and black tea was well received internationally. His recent work focuses on the primary and secondary prevention of cervical and breast cancer in women, epidemiology of HPV infection and HPV vaccination in adolescent girls.

He has been associated with a large number of policy-making, regulatory and advisory committees in the field of cancer research in the country. Besides his 75 research publications in high impact journals, he is a co-editor of the book “Protective Effects of Tea on Human Health” CABI International, London, UK, 2006 and co-author of “FAQs on HPV Infection & its Prevention” published by CFI, Kolkata, 2010.

Among the many prestigious Orations, in India and abroad, some of the ones which he cherishes most are the Shakuntala Dasgupta Oration, Environment and Cancer, Physiological Society of India, February, 2002; Debidas Bhattachrya Oration, Tea & Human Health, Viswa-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, India, March, 2002; D.M.Bose Memorial Oration, India needs preventive education and screening programmes to control cancer, Indian Science News Association, Kolkata, India, 2003; Anmolratan Lectureship, Caffein-derived N-nitroso compounds as risk for Esophageal and Stomach Cancer in Kashmir, Calcutta University, Kolkata, 2003; Golden Jublee Subodh Mitra Memorial Oration, Epidemiology of Cancer in India, Chittaranjan National Cancer I, Kolkata, 2007; Cancer Prevention Grand Round CME lecture Esophageal and stomach cancer in Kashmir at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, USA, 2007; McLeode Research lecture at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, the University of Adelaide, Australia, October 2008.

He is a recipient of Lady Tata Memorial Fellowship in Cancer Research – 1969-70, and 1970- 71; Visiting Scientist Fellowship (CRC) at Paterson Institute of Cancer Research, Manchester, UK, 1974-76; First Indo-European Commission Fellowship in Bio-medical Sciences, 1991 at International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC, WHO), Lyon, France; Senior Visiting Fellowship of German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, 1986-87, 1990 and 1992- 93; Scientific Exchange Fellowship of NIH, USA, at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, USA, 2007; Sr. Visiting Scientist Fellowship of I.A.R.C,(WHO), Lyon, France 2007-08; He also received Commemoration Medal for outstanding Research on Diet & Cancer, from Province of Pisa, Italy, 1997; Life time Achievement Award in the field of Oncology, at International Conference on Breast Cancer, Nagpur, India, 2000; Was Elected Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology, India, 2003, and the Kamal Kumari National Award for "Science & Technology” for 2007.


Sutapa Biswas


Ms. Sutapa Biswas is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Cancer Foundation of India (CFI), Kolkata.

She received post-graduate diploma in Mass Communication from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and was a documentary filmmaker with St. Xavier’s College (EMRC, UGC) for over 8 years. She has researched, scripted & directed over 60 films independently on a range of topics including 3 films on cancer which won National Awards from UGC-CEC. She has also been a guest lecturer of Communication studies in Calcutta University and St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata for over 15 years. She joined CFI in 2002 and since then she has provided guidance and leadership to CFI. Her current interests include health communication as a component of cancer prevention & control with special emphasis on tobacco-related cancers, breast and cervical cancer.

She has been the Principal Investigator of Howrah Smoke-free project supported by Bloomberg Initiative, USA (2010-12); Development of Health Communication Strategy for Optimizing Cervical Cancer Screening among Rural Women supported by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (2006-09) and Breast health education among young women supported by American Cancer Society, USA (2007-08).

She has also been a Coordinator of many projects at CFI on Anti-tobacco Policy advocacy, Cancer Communication, Cervical cancer screening, HPV vaccination and Breast Health Education. She has successfully coordinated the recently concluded Network project on breast cancer (2013-17) funded by DBT, Govt. of India, in 4 North Eastern states (Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura) on logistics of community level breast cancer awareness, creating clinics for BSE lessons and CBE and developing Breast Clinics at local cancer treatment centres.

She is a recipient of Thomson Foundation Fellowship (TV production), at Cardiff, U.K, 1999; International Partner’s Fellowship from American Cancer Society, USA, 2006; Fellowship on Cancer Registration by International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO), Lyon, France, 2006; Global Leadership training fellowship from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA, 2011 and UICC-APCASOT fellowship, at Cancer Council Queensland, Australia, 2013.

Her film on Tobacco-related Cancer (The Art of Living) was adjudged best film at UICC World Cancer Congress, Geneva 2008. She has several publications in peer reviewed journals and was instrumental in translating “A Practical Manual on Visual Screening for Cervical Neoplasia” by R.Sankaranarayanan and R.S.Wesley (IARC Publication No. 41) into Bengali in 2006.