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ECNIS2 - towards Ecnis Centre for Research and Education on Cancer, Environment and Food

ECNIS2 has been approved and is now in operation as a FP7 Coordination and Support Action project, with the objective of continuing the integrative and coordinative work initiated by ECNIS during the period 2005-2010 and the ultimate goal of transforming network into a virtual centre, the European Centre for Research and Education on Cancer, Environment and Food (ECRECEF). ECNIS2 (Grant Agreement 266198) started its operation on 1 June 2011, with a duration of 24 months, the participation of 21 partner institutions from 13 countries (incl. 4 SMEs) and a total budget (EU contribution) of 1.000.000 euro.

ECNIS has already laid the foundations for the development of the Centre by bringing together, into a network of closely knit activities lasting more than 5 years, more than 100 researchers from different disciplines (epidemiology, chemical analysis, genetics, molecular biology, nutrition, exposure assessment, risk assessment, harmonisation and standardisation of methodologies and analytical techniques). The following activities which constitute major "added values" of ECNIS, are being continued by ECNIS2:

  • The Molecular Epidemiology and Cancer (MEC) database
  • Core facilities for: standardized chemicals, antibodies and analytical methodology, the operation of the European Standards Committee on Urinary DNA Lesion Analysis (ESCULA) and the European Comet Assay Validation Group (ECVAG)
  • The ECNIS bibliographic Repository
  • The training and educational program

The activities of ECNIS2 are organized within the framework of nine workpackages, five of which cover infrastructure-related activities (Establishment of ECRECEF; Validation and standardization of biomarkers; MEC database; Spreading of Knowledge; Education and training), three are related to specific scientific areas (Use of biomarkers for cancer prevention; Dietary exposure and cancer risk as modified by genetic polymorphisms; Ethics, Communication and Gender) and one relates to Management of the project.

The key outputs at which ECNIS2 aims include promotion of research coordination, education and dissemination, in the area of environmental cancer research on a European scale, and the formulation of a strategy for the transformation of ECNIS into ECRECEF, a durable European and educational program.

Project manager
: prof.Konrad Rydzyński, MD, PhD:  

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