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Kathryn Hunt

Kathryn Hunt

Kathryn is an archaeologist, physical anthropologist, and ovarian cancer survivor. She received her MSc in Paleopathology from Durham University in 2012, specializing in the global history of cancer as evidenced in archaeological skeletal remains. She continues to pursue this research as the co-founder and President of the Paleo-oncology Research Organization (PRO), for which she has been recognized for several international honours including being named a TED Fellow, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in the world, and the joint Foreign Policy & U.S. Department of State’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Kathryn credits these honors to her colleagues and fellow co-founders of the Paleo-oncology Research Organization (PRO), Roselyn Campbell (UCLA), Casey Kirkpatrick (University of Western Ontario), and Jennifer Willoughby (University of Western Ontario). Together, they drive forward the daunting task of growing a foundation for paleo-oncological research worldwide. Her current research lies in the global history of human health, the bio-cultural factors leading to the evolution and development of disease, and specifically the study of cancer and other neoplastic diseases in ancient societies. In addition to 7 years of archaeological field experience, she holds a position as the osteologist for the Jezreel Valley Research Project in Israel and works with Transylvania Bioarchaeology as the assistant director of the Jucu de Sus Necropolis excavation and field school. She has also participated in archaeological excavations for the Mendes Expedition and the PLU Valley of the Kings Expedition in Egypt.; @CancerAntiquity


For challenging the common conception that cancer is a modern disease.

"Let's unlock cancer's ancient past."


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