All-Ireland Cancer Consortium (AICC)

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CGH Program/Initiative Type: Capacity Building

In 1999, government representatives of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the United States formed the 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

Workstreams

The AICC uses five workstreams to provide scientific direction to the Consortium’s many programs and activities. Each workstream includes researchers, clinicians and policy makers. The workstreams are:

  1. Capacity building for clinical research
  2. Public health and wellbeing/prevention/health promotion
  3. Nursing
  4. Palliative and end-of-life care
  5. Survivorship

Training

The AICC creates new training opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers and care providers as well as forges new collaborations that continue to reap novel insights into cancer research.NCI and the AICC partner to provide short-term cancer prevention training to healthcare professionals from the island of Ireland. Find more information in Funding & Training.

Past Training Opportunities

NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)

The program provided the opportunity to obtain a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland in year one, followed by three years of mentored research in the NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program in Bethesda, Maryland. The Consortium provided funding for the first phase of the program, including a salary at the appropriate level based on national post-doctoral salary scales, M.P.H. costs, and travel. In the second through fourth years, NCI funded the fellow's stipend, medical insurance, research, and travel and training costs, in accordance with current CPFP policies. Fellows were able to apply for a fifth year of research funding to facilitate their return to Ireland or Northern Ireland through independent research in collaboration with an established mentor.

Information for the 2015 applications will be posted in Funding & Training.

Health Economics Fellowships in Cancer

The four-year fellowship program lead to a Ph.D. degree in health economics and encouraged successful participants to pursue careers in health economics on the island of Ireland. The fellowship included 10 months of coursework in health economics, cancer prevention, and health policy—based mainly in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This was followed by two years of mentored research, typically with an NCI-selected mentor in the United States, and a final year of mentored research at an affiliated host institution in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Applications for 2015 closed in February of 2014. Generally, one fellowship is awarded every four years. Email Mrs. Eimear Cown at eimear.cowman@hscni.net for more information.

Cancer Clinical Trial Leadership and Management Program

Part of the Consortium's mission is to facilitate cross-border and transatlantic knowledge sharing. The Cancer Clinical Trials Leadership and Management Programme, a short U.S.-based training program for cancer clinical trials nurse managers from the island of Ireland, is one way the Consortium supports that goal.

Participants spent time at the NCI and had the opportunity to tour the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, review education offerings, and meet with representatives from NCI's Center for Cancer Research, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and Division of Cancer Prevention. Areas of focus included quality control and internal audit procedures, trial staffing and protocol adherence, and clinical research nursing career paths. In addition, specific items of interest were accommodated depending on the participant's individual objectives for the program.

As well as the training at NCI, the nurse managers also visited Georgetown University Medical Center and met with the research nurse manager from Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the nurse manager from Georgetown's Clinical Research Unit.

Applications are invited from targeted hospitals only and the call for applications is delivered in writing to eligible stakeholders.

 

Contact

Jack Welch, MD, PhD Senior Advisor, Africa Center for Global Health National Cancer Institute National Institutes of Health +261 20 23 480 00 Jack.Welch@nih.gov

 

 

  • Posted: June 23, 2014