Friday, December 19, 2014

GHSU Cancer Center signs agreement with leading French cancer institute

Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center recently signed a memorandum of understanding for scientific cooperation with the Curie Institute in Paris, France, one of Europe’s foremost cancer research centers and the first in France to receive the French equivalent of National Cancer Institute designation.

Over the next five years, the two centers will explore multiple opportunities for cooperation, including:

  • Research. Development of joint research activities of common interest, such as immune therapy, cancer cell signaling pathways, drug screening and experimental therapeutics in oncology and malignant hematology, neuro-oncology, radiation therapy and radio-physics, and pediatric oncology
  • Faculty. Exchange of visiting faculty members for research, lectures, discussion and training
  • Students. Development of a doctoral and postdoctoral student exchange program

The agreement will lead to a better understanding of cancer and the basic mechanisms of response to drug therapies, said Dr. Samir N. Khleif, Director of the GHSU Cancer Center. “The benefits to both basic and translational research, as well as education, will be profound,” said Dr. Khleif. “Studies at our cancer center will mirror those at the Curie Institute and vice versa, two leading institutions working together to solve the common problem of cancer. As we continue to grow these types of partnerships, we fulfill our mission to speed new and effective therapies to our patients.”

“Each institution offers outstanding and highly complementary research programs and scientific activities,” said Dr. Pierre Teillac, Director of the Curie Institute’s Hospital Group. “We are delighted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the GHSU Cancer Center that will bring our two programs together. Our mutual collaboration can only result in improved knowledge, greater synergies and better results for cancer patients worldwide.”

“This exciting partnership with a renowned and highly respected international institution complements our strategic priorities,” said Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President of Georgia Health Sciences University and CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Health System.

“As we work with the Curie Institute and other global partners, we advance our mission to educate and train future health care professionals; to generate outstanding translational and trans-disciplinary research; and to develop a future-oriented and efficient health care system.”

About the Curie Institute

Through its innovative programs and the dissemination of their findings around the world, Curie Institute scientists and clinicians contribute to the development of new treatments against cancer. The Curie Institute includes: the Hospital Group, a private organization blends technology and care, and ensures national and international dissemination of medical innovations; the Research Center, housing more than 80 research groups whose common goal is to increase knowledge and ameliorate patient management using state-of-the-art technology platforms; and the Translational Research Department, which forms a vital link between basic research and health care.

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