Dr John Paul Cauchi, of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta, was invited by Dr Olga Golbunitschaja at the young professionals workshop of the EPMA Congress (The European Association for Predictive, Prevenitve & Personalised Medicine, to speak about ongoing research carried out at Project ImaGenX. The Congress was held in Bonn between 3 and 5 September.
Dr Cauchi gave a presentation titled 'Environmental and Lifestyle risk factors for Breast Cancer in Malta' under Project ImaGenX, an Italia-Malta EU project on breast cancer being carried out partly by the University of Malta. During his presentation, Dr Cauchi focused on the research being carried out (of which he is managing) on 200 'cases' and 400 'controls' from Malta, looking at their diet and lifestyle, and its possible associated risk with breast cancer. While the data is to be fully collected by the end of next week, and data analysis to start soon after, the presentation focused mainly on the methodology and rationale behind this exercise.
Following the presentation, Dr Cauchi was subsequently awarded first prize for the 2015 EPMA Congress Workshop of Young Professionals in Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine, and was awarded with a waived article-processing charge for the submission of one article to the open-access EPMA Journal in 2016.
More information about the project ImaGenX, is available on the website.
Dr John Paul Cauchi graduated from the University of Malta in 2009 as a medical doctor and then graduated with a Masters in Public Health, focusing on Environmental Health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2012. He is currently employed as a graduate trainee at the University of Malta and also as a part-time research support officer II with Q-Safe project. He is interested in pursuing doctoral studies in the field of climate change adaptation and health.