The Scientific Foundation of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) has awarded a 500.000€ grant to the coordinated translational consortium of 15 groups led by Dr. Victor Moreno (IDIBELL, Catalan Institute of Oncology, University of Barcelona and CIBEResp). The aim of the project is to evaluate the association of a large number of known and unknown factors with cancer and, more importantly, use them in synergy to estimate the risk of developing cancer and improve prevention.

“We are a consolidated consortium of research institutes in 12 Spanish provinces, coordinated under the CIBER of Epidemiology and Public Health (ISCIII). We have performed a large epidemiological study in Spain, MCC-Spain, with a multi case-control design, that has recruited 6008 individuals with common cancers (colorectal, breast, stomach, prostate and chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and 4098 population controls. In addition to epidemiological and dietary data, we have collected biological samples that will be analyzed for genetics and metabolomics. Our final objective is to identify key biomarkers that could be used in population screening to help identify the people with the highest risk of developing one of the five addressed cancers, to not only reduce morbidity and social impact, but also health care costs”, says Dr. Moreno.

Dr. Moreno participated in the AECC reward ceremony held on the September 24th in Madrid (on the World Cancer Research Day) that was chaired by Her Majesty the Queen, as Honorary President of the AECC and the AECC Scientific Foundation.

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