Professor Donald Maxwell Parkin, MD graduated in medicine (with Honors) from Edinburgh University in 1968. After initial specialization in internal medicine/gastroenterology, he transferred to public health/epidemiology in 1973. After working in UK and USA, mainly in health service information and planning, he moved in 1981 to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO) in Lyon, France, as head of the Descriptive Epidemiology Unit. Since 2004, he has been visiting senior research fellow at CTSU, University of Oxford, project supervisor in Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (Queen Mary University, London), and President of the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR). He acts as consultant to numerous organizations and institutes with respect to cancer epidemiology and prevention, as well as being on the editorial board of several scientific journals.
His main research interests are in descriptive epidemiology (international cancer patterns and trends), with a major concern for cancer registration, and in cancer prevention and control. He has published more than 300 papers in the international literature.