Engaging European Society at the Forefront of Cancer Research and Care: How Discussions at the 5th Gago Conference on European Science Policy Led to the Heidelberg Manifesto

Michael Baumann*, Julio E. Celis*, Ulrik Ringborg*, Manuel Heitor*, Anton Berns*, Tit Albreht, Jeliazko Arabadjiev, Michael Boutros, Mario Brandenburg, Helena Canhão, Fatima Carneiro, Christine Chomienne, Francesco De Lorenzo, Alexander M.M. Eggermont, Angel Font, Elena Garralda, Margarida Goulart, Rui Henrique, Mark Lawler, Lena Maier-HeinFrancoise Meunier, Simon Oberst, Pedro Oliveira, Maria Papatriantafyllou, Joachim Schüz, Eric Solary, Alfonso Valencia, Rosalia Vargas, Elisabete Weiderpass, Nils Wilking

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European cancer research stakeholders met in October 2022 in Heidelberg, Germany, at the 5th Gago conference on European Cancer Policy, to discuss the current cancer research and cancer care policy landscape in Europe. Meeting participants highlighted gaps in the existing European programmes focusing on cancer research, including Europe's Beating Cancer Plan (ECBP), the Mission on Cancer (MoC), Understanding Cancer (UNCAN.eu), and the joint action CRANE, and put forward the next priorities, in the form of the Heidelberg Manifesto for cancer research. This meeting report presents all discussions that shed light onto how infrastructures can be effectively shaped for translational, prevention, clinical and outcomes cancer research, with a focus on implementation and sustainability and while engaging patients and the public. In addition, we summarize recommendations on how to introduce frameworks for the digitalization of European cancer research. Finally, we discuss what structures, commitment and resources are needed to establish a collaborative cancer research environment in Europe to achieve the scale required for innovation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Oncology
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)925-945
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

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Published online: 20 March 2023.


  • Cancer prevention
  • Cancer research
  • Mission on Cancer
  • Policy

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