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Healthcare Sciences staff visit Brussels for European Cancer Summit 2022

18 November 2022

Prof Danny Kelly

Professor Daniel Kelly, Dr Clare Bennett and Dr Judith Csontos from the School of Healthcare Sciences were amongst many international delegates at the European Cancer Summit in Brussels last week.

The summit provided an opportunity for wide-ranging discussions focused on collaboration and the delivery of cancer care.

The summit also saw the launch of the European Groundshot—addressing Europe’s cancer research challenges: a Lancet Oncology Commission. The Commission uses accurate, timely, and granular data to shine a penetrating light on cancer research in Europe, highlighting current and future challenges and identifying gaps within the research landscape.

European Groundshot—addressing Europe’s cancer research challenges: a Lancet Oncology Commission

The School’s Professor Daniel Kelly was one of the contributing authors of the report, which identified many key findings including how European cancer research faces a triple threat. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Brexit mean that cancer research in Europe faces an unprecedented challenge.

This Lancet Oncology Commision has set the future direction of cancer research across Europe. Elimination of HPV cancers is now an achievable goal and the HPV Action Network will be working on two projects from 2023 to promote gender neutral vaccination and greater awareness in a number of European countries. One is funded by the EU4Health programme and will be promoting evidence utilisation to promote HPV vaccination. Importantly we will be working closely with young people’s groups to advocate for the prevention of more cancers in the future.
Professor Daniel Kelly Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research

Clare Bennet conference
Dr Clare Bennet presenting an umbrella review.

Dr Clare Bennett presented an umbrella review concerning the efficacy of interventions aimed at increasing HPV vaccination uptake. This work was led by Dr Deborah Edwards and Dr Clare Bennett and conducted in partnership with colleagues across Europe and the UK. It has recently been published in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Infections. The work was commissioned by the European Cancer Organisation HPV Action Network.

More research is required to understand the efficacy of interventions that aim to improve HPV vaccine update... At present there is poor geographical representation across Europe and low and middle -income countries.
Dr Clare Bennett Reader: Knowledge Translation and Health Improvement

Furthermore, Dr Judit Csontos a research associate also presented a poster at the Summit. Her work was one of the 17 posters selected from 120 abstract submissions. Judit's poster presentation focused on 'Understanding how two cancer rehabilitation services work for people in South Wales, UK: findings from a mixed-methods study', and this work was based on the findings of her PhD study.

Cancer summit poster
Judit Csontos presented her poster at the summit