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Irish Cancer Society announces €7.5 million funding for research centre

The society says it recognises the importance of joined-up thinking to advance the quality of cancer care in Ireland.

THE IRISH CANCER Society has allocated €7.5 million in funding to set up a Collaborative Cancer Research Centre in Ireland.

The move, revealed by head of research Professor John Fitzpatrick today, has been welcomed as a “major step forward” in delivering the organisation’s vision for cancer research on the island.

The centre will aim to stimulate collaboration by linking together already-established cancer research disciplines and institutions. It hopes to achieve greater combined expertise across population-based, translational and clinical research.

The development will mean resources are shared rather than groups with similar aims competing for the same funding. Early-stage clinical studies will also be initiated.

“The quality of cancer care is dependent on the quality of cancer research being undertaken,” said Professor Fitzpatrick, “and it is our intention at the Irish Cancer Society to introduce funding for a number of Collaborative Research centres across Ireland that will deliver excellent research for the benefit of patients.”

The Society has called on existing cancer research groups interested in collaborative projects to make pre-proposal submissions by the end of next month. To be eligible, organisations must have one Principle Investigator and between two and nine co-investigators.

Themes of research may relate to specific, single-organ cancer or specific mechanism of the disease, as well as survivorship in cancer.

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