The Netherlands Cancer Institute and the Cancer Research
UK Cambridge Centre are the first two Comprehensive Cancer Centres
in Europe to receive the Designation of Excellence from the
European Academy of Cancer Sciences (EACS) for their translational
The two comprehensive cancer centres are the first two European
centres to meet thirteen criteria for excellence for translational
research: the research that forms the link between fundamental
research and the clinic. These criteria range from having a view on
the way in which translational research will change the treatment
of cancer to carrying out a minimum of three large
multidisciplinary research projects across the spectrum from
fundamental research to clinical trials.
'The beauty of this recognition is that it makes a statement
about our ability to bridge the gap between fundamental research
and the clinic,' says René Medema, Chairman of the Board at the
Netherlands Cancer Institute.
In the case of translational research, structural communication
and collaboration between researchers and doctors are crucial. The
Netherlands Cancer Institute is praised for the 'twinning-system'
by the European Academy of Cancer Sciences. In this, a fundamental
and a clinical researcher form a fixed couple that works together.
This twinning system is one way to ensure that discoveries can
prove their worth as soon as possible in practice for better
diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. Another point on
which the Netherlands Cancer Institute stands out is collaboration
on national and international levels. Close and structural
collaboration ensures that no knowledge is lost and is therefore
indispensable for the Netherlands Cancer Institute to achieve its
goal: ensure that cancer is no longer a terminal disease.
The assessment committee was also impressed by the way in which
the Netherlands Cancer Institute is leading the way in research:
with the development of new imaging techniques, new DNA research
methods, research on the immune system and immune therapy, and new
ways to investigate tumor tissue outside the patient's body. The
Mouse Cancer Clinic, an important link between fundamental and
clinical research, also garnered praise.
The Netherlands Cancer Institute as an internationally
recognized Comprehensive Cancer Centre makes a significant
contribution to solving the cancer problem in the 21st century. To
this end, it carries out scientific research at a top international
level in a wide area and provides the entire range of care
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