Dr. Geoffrey T. Fong, OC, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS is Professor of Psychology and Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, and Senior Investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Dr. Fong is the Founder and Principal Investigator of the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation (ITC) Project, a consortium of 150 researchers across 31 countries, covering over half of the world’s population and over two-thirds of the world’s tobacco users. A major objective of the ITC Project is to evaluate the impact of tobacco control policies of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Dr. Fong has published over 480 research articles and given over 250 invited talks. Since 2015, Dr. Fong has been selected for the Clarivate Analytics List of Highly Cited Researchers.
Dr. Fong has contributed to many landmark reports, including those of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, US Surgeon General, WHO, US National Academy of Sciences, and UK Royal College of Physicians. He was one of the three Scientific Editors of the 2016 WHO/US National Cancer Institute Monograph, The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control. Dr. Fong was a member and Technical Coordinator of the WHO FCTC Impact Assessment Expert Group, which conducted the official evaluation of the FCTC in its first decade. Dr. Fong has served as an expert consultant for WHO and for many countries. He served as an expert for Australia and Uruguay in successful defenses of their policies challenged via trade treaties. Dr. Fong has served on key advisory groups including Health Canada’s Vaping Products Scientific Advisory Board, Canada’s Tobacco Endgame Summit, the Expert Group on FCTC Articles 9/10, and WHO Expert Group on COVID-19 and Tobacco Use.
Dr. Fong’s awards include the WHO World No Tobacco Day Award, Luther L. Terry Award for Outstanding Research Contribution, the American Association of Public Opinion Research Policy Impact Award, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance Award for Distinguished Service in Cancer Research, the Medal of Honour from the Health Research Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society O. Harold Warwick Prize, and the Governor General’s Innovation Award. Dr. Fong is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In December 2021, Dr. Fong was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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