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"Turning the Stockholm Declaration into reality: Creating a world-class infrastructure for cancer research in Europe" by H. Brown in Molecular Oncology 2008
Europe needs to be better organised. That is the now-unanimous conclusion of the continent’s cancer community, after years of debate about possible ways to tackle bottlenecks and barriers in research. A process of review and analysis of the situation in Europe, begun in 2004 by then-EU Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin, has provided a concrete proposal to focus the frustration shared by all. But to move this plan forward and smooth the flow of new treatments and diagnostics from laboratories to patient care, scientists are having to learn some political lessons.
One of the conclusions from the Eurocan + Plus project (A Platform for Translational Cancer Research)
Cancer affects everybody. According to a recent WHO study, 3.2 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Europe with 1.7 million annual casualties and the situation is set to worsen in general terms as the European population ages. There is not a single person who hasn’t been touch by cancer or has had or will have a friend or family member diagnosed with the disease. This dismal state of affairs nderpins the need for developing strategies as well as novel approaches to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality.
"Managing cancer in the EU: The Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI)" by U. Ringborg, M. Pierotti, G. Storme, T. Tursz in European Journal of Cancer 44 (2008) 772-773
Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) has the mission to facilitate the development of European comprehensive cancer centres by integrating care and prevention with research and education. Core issues are to deliver a complete multidisciplinary care of high quality and stimulate translational cancer research. The goal is to innovate the cancer care. The increasing problem of critical mass will be solved by networking comprehensive cancer centres containing quality assured harmonized infrastructures. This will give Europe a new potential to extend the cancer research to areas not possible to cover by single centres
"The Stockholm Declaration" by U. Ringborg in Molecular Oncology 2 (2008) 10-11
European cancer research, when looked at in a global perspective, has a number of unique strengths, such as a strong foundation in biomedical science, good patient registries and biobanks. However, research is still fragmented and lacks the critical mass needed to translate basic research discoveries into a clinical setting for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.
Oncology is a unique discipline which is increasingly depending on multidisciplinarity. The concept was progressively defined during the 20th century and developed around clinical considerations in order to have surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, radiation- and medical oncologists working together in concord.
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Upcoming Events

  • 1st European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) – Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI)
    Joint Training Course - “Molecular Pathology Approach to Cancer” recommended 13 European CME credits by ACOE
    Amsterdam, March 7th – 9th 2011
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  • Bilateral Meeting Organisation of European Cancer Institutes - American Association of Cancer Institutes
    “Organization of Comprehensiveness: comparison between OECI and AACI”
    Amsterdam, June 16th 2011

  • Scientific Conference OECI 2011
    “Organization of CCCs: the road map for innovation and the development of personalized cancer medicine”
    Amsterdam, June 17th 2011

  • OECI General Assembly (restricted to OECI Members and Associated Members)
    Amsterdam, June 18th 2011

    Hotel Porto Bay Falesia, Algarve
    September 27 to October 4, 2011

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