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Address to OECI Members by the President, Doctor Marco A. Pierotti (Fondazione IRCCS “Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori”, Milano)
Pierotti It is a privilege to have been appointed President of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes, the OECI, following in the steps of Prof. Ulrik Ringborg and other outstanding predecessors.
Before accepting the Presidency, I considered at length what might be the right way to approach a prestigious role that cannot be a means to sustain national or even local interests. My mandate will follow three main guidelines: the pursuit of knowledge, the reduction of fragmentation, and the increase of competitiveness, as they are all instrumental in achieving one goal – to find new and better treatments, provide more comprehensive care and improve the patients’ quality of life supported by evidence-based medicine with a holistic approach.
My recent experience at the lead of the European Association for Cancer Research made me realize that an organization like OECI has a far greater possibility to carry out productive actions, as it can contribute to the building of the European Research Area in the field of cancer thus reducing fragmentation and improving European competitiveness. To this aim, it is mandatory to put into action a program that could be of interest to the EU and national funding bodies.

The OECI Mission Statement
The Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI)
A European Economic Interest Grouping

The OECI mission is to bring together the cancer research and care institutions of the EU in order to create a critical mass of expertise and competence with the view of building and maintaining a consensus on the best models of oncology, developing concrete affordable and realistic solutions to effectively combat cancer, and fostering the widest deployment of oncology models and solutions to improve the quality of life for the patients in the EU.


The position of the organization of European Cancer Institutes
Open Letter to the European Commission and to the Ministers of Health and Research in the Member States
The position of the organization of European Cancer Institutes

Each year in the EU, 2 million people die of cancer and 3 million new cancer cases are diagnosed. Cancer is an increasing health threat and combating it places enormous economic and social burdens on the national health systems and health institutions. Concerted political action is required now, to control the growing incidence of the disease.

In addition to encouraging primary prevention, we need affordable effective treatments for all citizens. This goal will not be achieved unless there are concerted efforts at the EU-level to improve the effectiveness of oncology in all of the various health-care systems. The problem of fragmentation in care and research can only be solved with the development of multidisciplinary care and research, the integration of care, research, and education, and the collaboration necessary to reach a critical mass. The focus is harmonized comprehensive cancer centers to create innovation.

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  • 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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