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Training Network for the Immunotherapy of Cancer

Objective

In the European Union, cancer is the leading cause of death and the overall cancer incidence is still increasing. As a result of expanding efforts to improve cancer outcome, a main paradigm change is occurring in cancer therapy towards individualized medicine. Antibody-based therapies form an integral and constantly growing part of this approach. Antibody-based therapies will strongly influence the coming decade of cancer care. The importance of immunotherapy has been highlighted by the prestigious Science journal as “breakthrough of the year 2013”, heralding the rising importance of immunotherapy. Accordingly the need for well-trained and skilled researchers in academia and industry is dramatically increasing in this field. IMMUTRAIN is a training network bringing together experts in the fields of monoclonal antibodies, dendritic cells, T-cells and immunomodulatory nucleic acids with a considerable industrial involvement. The network comprises nine academic research groups and five industrial partners in a total of seven European countries. IMMUTRAIN will actively create synergies between those sectors by forming and promoting young researchers to match the challenges of immunotherapies. Particular focus will be placed on combinatorial therapies and on the new emerging field of bispecific antibodies used to target both the tumor and the patient´s immune system. Fifteen Ph. D. students (early stage researchers, ESR) reinforced by the project leaders will investigate innovative therapeutic strategies and provide the rationale for future clinical trials. Throughout their projects, ESR will learn to integrate academic and industrial aspects and will sharpen their experimental and complementary skills in a well-designed and diversified training program.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/nucleic acid
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/immunology/immunotherapy
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/immunology
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 996 865,92

Participants (9)

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Sandhofer Strasse 116
68305 Mannheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
50 Shakespeare Street
NG1 4FQ Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI ONCOLOGIA SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 143 367,40
Address
Via Filodrammatici 10
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAT INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Christoph Probst Platz 1
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION CENTRO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES ONCOLOGICAS CARLOS III
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Calle Melchor Fernandez Almagro 3
28029 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
REGION HOVEDSTADEN
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 580 163,76
Address
Kongens Vaenge 2
3400 Hillerod
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INSTITUT GUSTAVE ROUSSY
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Rue Camille Desmoulins 39
94805 Villejuif
Activity type
Research Organisations
HUMANITAS UNIVERSITY
Italy
EU contribution
€ 114 693,92
Address
Via Rita Levi Montalcini Snc
20090 Pieve Emanuele
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments