— By Simon Marks
5/7/18, 4:31 PM CET
The names of 33 candidates were submitted to replace the director of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, Christopher Wild, according to an internal memo dated March 8 obtained by POLITICO.
A vote to elect the new director will take place on the morning of May 17. IARC said it would not comment on the list of candidates, but that an announcement would be made immediately after the vote takes place.
The list of candidates includes Christopher Portier, who chaired an IARC working group on glyphosate that concluded in 2015 that the weedkiller “probably” causes cancer in humans. However, when contacted earlier today, Portier said he is “no longer considered a candidate for that position.”
Wild finishes his term at the end of this year.