New step towards personalised paediatric cancer treatment

28.11.2017
NordForsk and the Norwegian Cancer Society are collaborating to fund research in the area of personalised cancer treatment for children. At least NOK 19 million in funding will be available, and the call for proposals will be issued in the course of December 2017.

Every year, several hundred children and young people in the Nordic countries are diagnosed with cancer, and new knowledge is being sought to further develop good treatment services. In addition to ensuring higher survival rates, there is a need for solutions that enable children with cancer to live long, good lives after they have finished their treatment.

NordForsk and the Norwegian Cancer Society are seeing a clear trend towards more personalised treatment. This entails giving each patient treatment that is more specifically customised to his or her individual biological characteristics. Not everyone with the same type of cancer should necessarily receive the same treatment – instead, the biological conditions will determine which medicines to administer.

When treatment is more personalised, the patient groups become smaller. As a result, each Nordic country on its own often has too small a patient base to conduct nationwide trials. Cooperation across national borders provides large enough patient groups to carry out good research that can lead to more widely applicable results.

There is already well-established Nordic cooperation on paediatric cancer, and NordForsk and the Norwegian Cancer Society are pleased to be joining forces to fund joint Nordic research projects.

The call for proposals will be issued under the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare. At least NOK 19 million will be made available under the call, which will be published in the course of December 2017.

About the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare

The Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare is a cooperative effort between the Academy of Finland, the Danish Council for Independent Research | Medical Sciences, the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís), the Research Council of Norway, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), and NordForsk. The programme runs from 2014 to 2018.

Read more about the programme

For more information about the coming call for proposals, please contact:

Elisabeth Sethre, Norwegian Cancer Society:  

Elisabeth.Authen.Sethre@kreftforeningen.no or

Maria Nilsson,NordForsk: Maria.Nilsson@nordforsk.org

Text: Norwegian Cancer Society and Tor Martin Nilsen 

Photo: Yadid Levy /Norden.org

Maria Nilsson - Special Adviser and Leader of the Health and Welfare Programme
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