An Integrated Center for Research on Cancer acquires Athens

Aiming at enhancing interdisciplinary research on cancer and improving patients’ lives, Athens acquires an integrated cancer research center, the Athens Comprehensive Cancer Center (ACCC)

Aiming at enhancing interdisciplinary research on cancer and improving patients’ lives, Athens acquires an integrated cancer research center, the Athens Comprehensive Cancer Center (ACCC).
The opening was held in a special event with the presence of the President of the Greek Democracy Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Ministers, Deputies, the Ambassador of Germany in Athens, Yen Pletner, Academics and Scholars, Representatives of patient associations, Pharmaceutical companies and the Church.

The establishment of the center is an initiative of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) and is being carried out in cooperation with the German Research Center for DKFZ and the Helmholtz Association, the largest research organization in Europe.

In his greeting, Prokopis Pavlopoulos emphasized in the mental support of cancer patients. “We must face these diseases, he said, in a man-made way, and this treatment is consistent with culture in the western world, while he wished to find imitators.

State Secretary, Alekos Flabouraris, stated the support of the government in the effort of the scientists, while high lightening the importance for our country of establishing the Integrated Center for Cancer Research in Athens.
German Ambassador Yens Pletner referred to the long tradition of scientific cooperation between Greece and Germany, while speaking about the recent past, he said that the two countries are fighting together to manage the economic crisis and the refugee issue.

Professors Otmar Wiestler, chairman of the Helmholtz Association and Josef Puchta, from DKFZ referred to the major challenges for research and spoke of strategic partnerships worldwide for the benefit of research and patients. In his speech, Dr. Vassilis Grigoriou, President of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, spoke about the strengthening of Greek-German cooperation in the scientific field and the possibility of utilizing the scientific staff, pointing to the great need for such a center in a metropolis, such as Athens.

In the Athens Comprehensive Cancer Center, take also part laboratories of Research Centers (NHRF, Demokritos), the University of Athens, as well as selected public hospitals (Alexandra, Agia Sophia, Agios Savvas, Attiki Hospital, General Hospital of Athens, G. Gennimatas). The initiative is supported by distinguished scientists.

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