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The Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium

The NCI-Ireland Cancer Consortium is a unique international partnership in cancer care, which was launched in 1999.

In 1999, government representatives of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the United States formed the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium (AICC) to reduce cancer incidence and mortality on the island of Ireland (which has among the highest rates of cancer in Europe) through cross-border and transatlantic collaborations in cancer research and education. The Consortium’s formation became official with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in October 1999.

Since then, the MOU has been resigned to reaffirm the commitment between the three jurisdictions. This trilateral partnership enables the further development of improved scientific programs in:

  • Prevention and early detection
  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Palliative care and survivorship
  • Interactions aimed at enhanced public health and patient care
  • Research (including biobanking)
  • Education and training for physicians, nurses, and scientists
  • Epidemiology (including registration and surveillance)
  • Quality assurance
  • Cancer policy analysis and health economics