Rodolfo Saracci qualified as an MD, followed by work and a specialty in internal medicine and by a postgraduate degree in medical statistics.
He ‘discovered’ epidemiology at the MRC Statistical Research Unit in London – directed by the late Sir Richard Doll – that he had joined for training in clinical trials methodology. His extended career as a research epidemiologist has been principally developed at the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon as a staff member and Chief of the Unit of Analytical Epidemiology. He is currently Senior Visiting Scientist at IARC where he also chaired the Ethics Review Committee. His main research has been on cancers in relation to the general, domestic and occupational environment, interactions between carcinogens and methods of exposure assessment in the context of epidemiological studies. He has also kept an active interest on ethical issues in epidemiology and a continuous involvement in teaching of epidemiological methods: in 1988 he founded the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology of which he has been the Director until 2013 and is currently a teacher. He is a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health and has been President of the ADELF, Association des Épidémiologistes de Langue Française and of the IEA, International Epidemiological Association.