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EAU Research Foundation organizes meeting in Amsterdam highlighting translational research results
Date:4/29/2009

On 22 and 23 June 2009, the Prostate Cancer Translational Research in Europe (PCTRE) meeting will be held in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam (NL). Translational research transforms scientific discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical or population studies into clinical applications to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality.

The European Association of Urology (EAU) provides an excellent forum to disseminate knowledge in specialised meetings. Therefore, the EAU Research Foundation has taken the initiative for this meeting.

The focus is on prostate cancer, the most common male malignancy in most European countries with 346,000 new cases diagnosed each year in Europe. Research efforts have increased steadily over the past two decades. "However the funding of cancer in research is very competitive", says Jack Schalken, Nijmegen Medical Centre (NL). It is, therefore, of particular importance that within the European Union based framework programme many prostate cancer consortia were funded in the last 5 years totaling approximately 40 million. "The translation of our understanding of prostate cancer development and progression to the bedside of the patient plays a pivotal role", Schalken, coordinator of PRIMA, one of the consortia, says. "Thus it is time to present the highlights of these efforts during this unique meeting".

Marion Bussemakers, EU project advisor at the Nijmegen Medical Centre, adds: "The European Union is keen to show the European public what is done with the money spent on prostate cancer research and to discuss the future of urologic research. Therefore Ms Maria Vidal, Scientific Officer, DG Research, European Commission, will be joining the meeting."

How will diagnostics and therapy of prostate cancer change in future? Diagnostics has already changed with the PCA3 marker. Final results from the European Randomised Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer, recently unveiled at the 24th Annual EAU Congre
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Contact: Lindy Brouwer
l.brouwer@uroweb.org
European Association of Urology
Source:Eurekalert

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