The Tobacco Control Unit of the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) participated this Friday, 7 June, in the first edition of the Research Day of the Epidemiology, Public Health, Cancer Prevention and Palliative Care Programme (EPIBELL) of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL).

The main aim of the conference was to strengthen links between the seven research groups that make up the programme – including the Tobacco Research and Control Group – and to share knowledge by presenting outstanding research projects. The conference was held at the Barradas Auditorium in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and was attended by more than 125 people.

After the opening speeches by the director of IDIBELL, Gabriel Capellá, the first round of presentations by the research groups was made by the coordinator of the EPIBELL programme and head of the Tobacco Control Unit, Esteve Fernández. Afterwards, more than 10 researchers had the opportunity to present the projects they are working on in order to show their progress, promote interdisciplinary collaboration and identify new opportunities for collaborative research.

“The EPIBELL Day is a key event to promote networking among all the members of the programme: researchers meet to discuss, exchange information and initiate new projects,” said Fernandez.

The EPIBELL programme brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts, including epidemiologists, pathologists, geneticists, biologists, nutritionists, computer scientists, statisticians, economists and specialists in research support and administration. Together they develop projects and research studies related to the causes of cancer and its prevention, early diagnosis and the evaluation and improvement of the quality of cancer care.

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