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Computational ONcology TRaining Alliance

Objective

Cancer is a major cause of death and suffering, rendering it a huge concern to the general public. Consequently, it has been targeted by application of the molecular techniques developed during the last 20-25 years, thereby improving diagnosis and treatment. Nevertheless, although current biomarker and treatment concepts often are successful initially, they subsequently frequently fail to achieve durable drug response and long-term survival for cancer patients. The study of somatic evolution in cancer is a very promising approach to rectify this situation. Fortunately, single cell genomic sequencing has recently begun to provide opportunity to unprecedented detailed insights into tumour evolution and new techniques are emerging for assaying the spatial distribution of tumour heterogeneity. Analysing and developing methods for these emerging data sets are under-researched areas that lie at the intersection of medical, evolutionary biology, and computational research. In CONTRA, European researchers with complementary expertise have joined forces in order to collectively facilitate training of future European computational cancer researchers. We will by applying modern recruitment and selection methods in combination with offering excellent training and employments conditions, including social security, facilitate recruitment of 15 excellent ESRs, across genders and geographical areas. We will train these 15 ESRs in the mathematical, computational, and applied skills required to tackle the complex analysis problems posed by somatic evolution in cancer. We will also teach them entrepreneurship and the requirements of pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Using a novel scheme, this substantial academic cancer expertise will be complemented with industrial expertise in software development, especially for biotech and pharmaceutical industry, which will unleash key components of the innovative force of the European commercial sector in the struggle against cancer.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/cancer

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 527 318,64

Participants (7)

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA BIOMEDICA (IRB BARCELONA)
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Carrer Baldiri Reixac 10-12 Parc Scientific De Barcelona
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Lg Campus Lagoas Marcosende
36310 Vigo Pontevedra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 546 575,76
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 530 453,52
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE INSTITUTE OF CANCER RESEARCH: ROYAL CANCER HOSPITAL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Old Brompton Road 123
SW7 3RP London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 448 274,88
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (7)

Ardigen SA
Poland
Address
Ul. Michała Bobrzyńskiego 14
30-348 Kraków
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MERCK KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT AUF AKTIEN
Germany
Address
Frankfurter Strasse 250
64293 Darmstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TORUS SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS S.L.
Spain
Address
Calle Concepcion Arenal 5 Planta , Puerta A
15006 A Coruna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION CENTRO TECNOLOXICO DE TELECOMUNICACIONS DE GALICIA
Spain
Address
Lagoas Marcosende
36330 Vigo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Spatial Transcriptomics AB
Sweden
Address
Tomebodavägen 23 S
Solna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEVEN BRIDGES GENOMICS UK LTD
United Kingdom
Address
10 John Street
WC1N 2EB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
British Columbia Cancer Agency Branch
Canada
Address
West 10Th Avenue 600
V5Z 4E6 Vancouver
Activity type
Research Organisations