Research driving innovation: what are key factors for successful integration of translational science into oncology care concepts? 5th European Roundtable Meeting (ERTM) May 4th, 2018, Berlin, Germany

  • Olaf OrtmannEmail author
  • Julie Torode
  • Chris Harrison
  • Johannes Bruns
  • Ulrike Helbig
  • For the Participants of the ERTM
Review – Clinical Oncology



To identify key factors for successful integration of translational science into cancer care.


Organisation of the health care system matters to optimally bridge between public and private cancer research, cancer registries and routine care. Currently, there are deficits on various levels of connectivity. These hamper rapid and optimal transfer of innovation.


To overcome the deficits, strategies of data sharing and infrastructures allowing fast-track implementation of translational research findings into routine care need to be developed.


Basic cancer research Translational cancer research Clinical cancer research Cancer care 



List of all participants: Europe/Association of European Cancer Leagues: Nicolas Philippou, Board member of the Association of European Cancer Leagues, Chief Executive, The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends, Nicosia, Cyprus. European Commission: Dr. Stefan Schreck, Chef d’unité, Programme santé et maladies chroniques, Direction générale de la santé et sécurité alimentaire, Luxembourg. Slovenia: Prof. Dr. Tit Albreht, Head of the Centre for Health Care—National Institute of Public Health, Lubljana. Spain: Prof. Dr. Josep Borras, Scientific Coordinator Spanish Cancer, Director, Catalonian Cancer Strategy, Hospital Duran I Reynals, Barcelona. Global/Union of International Cancer Control: Dr. Julie Torode, Deputy CEO, Advocacy and Networks Director, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Geneva. The Netherlands: Prof. Dr. Jan-Willem Coebergh, former Head of the section Cancer Surveillance of the Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC Rotterdam and of Research at the Comprehensive Cancer Centre South (IKZ) Eindhoven. United Kingdom: Prof. Chris Harrison, National Clinical Director for Cancer, NHS England, Medical Director (Strategy), The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester. Germany: Dr. Johannes Bruns, Secretary-General of the German Cancer Society, Berlin, Dr. Ulrike Helbig MBA, General Manager Section A, German Cancer Society, Berlin, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hochhaus, Board Member of the German Cancer Society, Director Dept. Haematology and Clinical Oncology, Director of the University Tumor Centre Jena, PD Dr. Monika Klinkhammer-Schalke, Director Tumor Centre Regensburg, Managing Board Member German Tumor Centres Work Group, Berlin, Dr. Christoph Kowalski, Research Coordination Certification, German Cancer Society, Berlin, Prof. Dr. Margarete Landenberger, Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Medical Faculty of Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Dr. Katrin Mugele, Press officer, German Cancer Society, Berlin, Prof. Dr. Olaf Ortmann, President of the German Cancer Society, Director Department Gynaecology and Obstetrics, University Medical Center, Caritas-Hospital St. Josef, Regensburg, Ralf Rambach, Director of the Board, Haus der Krebsselbsthilfe Bundesverband e. V., Bonn.

Author contributions

OO: manuscript writing, editing. JT: manuscript writing, editing. CH: manuscript writing, editing. JB: manuscript writing, editing. UH: manuscript writing, editing.


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Conflict of interest

Author O. Ortmann M.D. declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author J. Torode declares that she has no conflict of interest. Author C. Harrison declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author J. Bruns declares that he has no conflict of interest. Author U. Helbig M.D. declares that she has no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Cancer SocietyBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)GenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsUniversity Medical Center RegensburgRegensburgGermany
  4. 4.The Christie NHS Foundation TrustManchesterUK

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