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Lim, Min-Kyung

Min Kyung LIM , M.P.H., Ph.D.(full-time professor)
Faculty Appointment
(title, department)
Professor, Department of Cancer Control and Population Health, NCC-GCSP
Head, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Control Research Institute, National Cancer Center, Korea
Area of Expertise
Cancer Epidemiology/Social and Behavior Science/Tobacco Use and Public Health
Work Experience
Head, National Cancer Information Center, National Cancer Control Research Institute, National Cancer Center, Korea (Jan. 2009.1-Mar. 2013)

Visiting Professor, Soonchunhyang University, Korea (Sep. 2007 – Feb. 2009)

Visiting Professor, Korea University, Korea (Sep. 2007 –Aug. 2008)

Chief, Risk Appraisal & Prevention Branch National Cancer Control Research Institute, National Cancer Center (Apr. 2007 – Jan. 2009)

Chief, Cancer Cohort Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Epidemiology, Research Institute, National Cancer Center, Korea (Apr. 2005 – Apr. 2007)

Post-doctoral fellow, International Agency of Research on Cancer, France (Lyon) (Sep. 2004 – Aug. 2005)

Scientist, Cancer Information Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Epidemiology, Research Institute, National Cancer Center, Korea (May 2001 – Mar. 2005)

Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Sahmyook University (Mar. 2002 – Dec. 2002)

Senior Researcher, Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University, Korea (Apr. 1997 – Mar. 2003)
Educational Background
Ph. D. Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Korea (2001)
M.P.H.,Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Korea(1995)
B.A., Health Science, Yonsei University, Korea (1993)
International Collaboration
Deputy Chief Editor of Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Board of Directors, Asian Pacific Quitline Network
Board Member, International Cancer Information Service Group, UICC
Member, WHO Collaborating Center for Cancer Registration Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Asian Pacific Organization of Cancer Prevention
Research Interests(Please place in paragraph form)
Dr. Lim, as the epidemiologist, has interest in identification of cancer risk factors and development of prevention or intervention program at the national and community level. In these aspects she has operated the community-based prospective cohort for more than 10 years and implemented field trials of behavioral risk intervention including tobacco use and cancer related infections. Main interest of her research are to 1) Identify the behavioral risk factors associated with cancer development regarding the primary prevention or intervention in the social and physical environments, 2) Design and evaluate community-based preventive interventions to reduce behavioral risk of cancer, such as tobacco and alcohol use, infection, sedentary behaviors, unhealthy diets, occupational exposure, and etc., 3) Well-grounded multidisciplinary research toward assessing the distribution and determinants of cancer with the aim of establishing reasoned preventive measures, 4) Improve methods for epidemiological investigation, to enhance validity and efficiency, and to expand the scope of activities in which epidemiologic methods can be usefully applied, 5) Develop the field framework and tools for application of research outcomes to community advocacy and education. Based on the research scope and experiences mentioned above, she has contributed to draft, review, and implement the “Second Term 10-year Plan for Cancer Control” for years 2006-2015 in Korea, which comprised whole scope of government policies and programs for comprehensive and concrete cancer control. In particular, she devoted to develop the ‘Cancer Prevention Program’ and its’ implementation such as setting up the evidence based national guidelines, developing the framework and programs for dissemination, increasing public awareness, implementing field education and training, evaluation of program effects, and etc. National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) for delivering evidence-based information on all types of cancer through a call center service at 82-1577-8899, web site (, and publications, and Nationwide Quitline (1544-9030) for behavioral counseling on tobacco cessation was also designed, developed and managed under the her expertise.