Long-term exposure to certain toxins produced by moulds, known as “mycotoxins”, and infection with some types of viruses have been shown to increase a person’s chances of developing cancer. Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL) is a childhood cancer associated with infection of the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Moreover, chronic exposure to mycotoxins coincides with higher incidence of BL across regions of Africa. Dr Grace Akinyi Odongo aims to determine whether EBV and mycotoxins are working together to deregulate epigenetics and increase cases of BL, providing basis on how the risk of BL development can be reduced. Her research is funded by Children with Cancer UK under a Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This scheme is provided to develop and support future leaders in cancer research.
Studying the synergistic effect of mycotoxins exposure and Epstein Barr virus infection in causing Burkitt’s Lymphoma in Africa
Dr Grace Akinyi Odongo
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Lyon, France, 69008
23 November 2020