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Cancéropôle Nord-Ouest

Cancéropôle Nord-Ouest (CNO), which was set up under the first French cancer plan in 2003, encompasses the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardie, Haute Normandie and Basse Normandie regions.

This four-region group has a population of almost 10 million people (17% of the French population), and has higher cancer incidence and mortality rates than anywhere else in France. It also has significant research potential and accounts for around 10% of French research activity.

In an inter-region where mortality and morbidness by cancer are particularly high, the CNO comprises almost 50 research teams certified by universities, INSERM (the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research) and the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research), which work with around 40 clinical departments and hospital laboratories on a common research theme: "From cancer screening to innovative treatments".

The different geographical sites manifest an important complementarity: epidemiology in Caen, genetic of cancer in Rouen, genomic and therapeutic chemistry in Lille, immunotherapy in Brussels.

The Canceropole Nord-Ouest strategic project is based on the optimization of available resources (clinicians networks, research units and technological platforms) in order to develop ambitious translational research. The development of cross-border cooperation with research teams in Brussels has given an international dimension to CNO's project.

During the first phase of its existence (2003-2007), CNO became firmly established and clearly confirmed the relevance of the Cancéropôle concept by generating inarguable added value.

The PROCAN programme (2007-2010) took things even further. Under this project, the facilities needed for the successful implementation of CNO's projects were developed, and its strategic priorities were redefined. Two new axes of research are being pursued, in Neurosciences and in Human and Social Sciences.

Cancéropôle Nord-Ouest
Maison Régionale de la Recherche Clinique
6 rue du Professeur Laguesse - CS 50027
59045 LILLE Cedex - France

Téléphone :+33 (0)3 20 30 84 54
Fax : +33 (0)3 20 49 01 38

 : contact@canceropole-nordouest.org