Fondazione IRCCS "Istituto Nazionale Tumori"

The Coordinator institution, Fondazione IRCCS – Istituto Nazionale Tumori (INT), was the first oncology centre in Italy, inaugurated in 1928: an accredited OECI (Organisation or European Cancer Institutes) member since 2013, INT constitutes a reference for cancer research and treatment in Italy and abroad. The Preventive Medicine Department (PMD) research activity focuses on epidemiology and prevention through prospective epidemiological studies, case-control studies and survival studies. INT coordinates national and international multicentre studies including European projects on rare tumours. Activity includes organization and implementation of interventional prevention projects, management of related bio-banks, and hospital registry, creation of information networks based on data of population-based cancer registries, determining the causes of survival differences present between populations of the same or of different countries, production of health indicators, promotion of information on health and healthy lifestyles, knowledge distribution of cancer epidemiology. As for the organizational level, three distinct units PMD units are involved in the project. Data Management (WP4) and coordination (WP1) are run by the Analytic Epidemiology and Health Planning unit (AEHI) while environmental studies (WP7) are run by the Environmental Epidemiology unit (EE). The Cancer Registry (VA-CR) is the third INT unit participating in WP4 and WP7. The choice is justified by the high scientific in-house skills developed by AEHI and VA-CR on the collection, standardization and analysis of cancer data, and by the EE expertise on environmental studies and use of geocoding system. All remaining tasks foreseen in the action are assigned to experienced teams outside the INT. All WP1 components have a past or ongoing experience with different tasks in several past European or national multicentre cancer research projects. The INT AEHI administrative structure has a large experience in the administration and legislative management of multicentre European projects (i.e. EUROCARE, EUROCHIP-1, -2, -3, HAEMACARE, EPAAC, CANCON, HIGHCARE) and are well supported by the INT administration in this task.

European Association of Cancer Leagues (ECL)

ECL is a pan-European umbrella organization of national and regional cancer leagues, providing since 1980, a unique and important platform for cancer societies. As of 2016, ECL’s member leagues provide advice, support, and other services in cancer control in 23 countries to a total of 489 million European citizens. ECL vision is for a Europe Free of Cancers, its mission to facilitate the collaboration between cancer leagues throughout Europe, to influence and improve EU cancer control and pan-European policies. The major fields of activity include cancer prevention, public information, professional education and assistance, as well as information services and rehabilitation for patients and relatives, and participation in cancer research. In 2015, main organization responsible for disseminating the European Commission European Code Against Cancer to inform people about actions they can take for themselves or their families to reduce their risk of cancer

Lubeck university (GER)

Since 1997 the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, University of Lübeck holds the analysis office of the Cancer Registry Schleswig-Holstein, which is covering a population of 2.8 million people. The main research focus of the institute is cancer epidemiology and oncologic health care research

Caen university (FRA)

UNICAEN was founded in 1432 and is a multidisciplinary university with 44 research units and about 1,315 researchers, of whom 28% work in Human and Social Sciences, 11% in Law, Economics and Management, 16% in Health, and 45% in Sciences and Technologies. Among these 44 research units, 22 are joint research units affiliated to national research organisms including CNRS, INRA, INSERM, CEA or IFREMER. The Joint Research Unit INSERM 1086 UNICAEN-INSERM “ANTICIPE” belongs to the federated pole Integrative Biology, Health and Environment and many PhDs are implied in the Normandy's Doctoral School certified by the French Ministry of Research, which forms a melting pot for high quality doctoral training of a multidisciplinary nature. The project team develop multidisciplinary research on public health issues related to cancer, with specific interest in prevention and screening. It includes the largest European cohort studying cancer in farmers (AGRICAN), several bio-banks and 3 cancer registries. Moreover, the team involved in the project includes the National Methodological Platform for studying social inequalities in Cancer. It has developed a European Deprivation Index specifically devoted to measure deprivation at an aggregated level in a comparable way for the all European countries. It has published many papers on the social determination of cancer incidence and prognosis

Oncology institute in Ljubljana (SLO)

Institute of Oncology Ljubljana is a public health institution providing health services on the secondary and tertiary levels as well as performing educational and research activities in oncology in Slovenia. The Epidemiology Department includes the Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia (established in 1950, one of the oldest population-based cancer registries in the world), the Hospital-Based Cancer Registry of the Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, the Epidemiology Unit, and screening units with the registries ZORA (national organised cervical cancer screening program) and DORA (national organized breast cancer screening program). Main domains of the research team are cancer descriptive and analytical epidemiology, and organisation of population-based organised cancer screening programmes