Published: 30-07-2021 16:01 | Updated: 02-08-2021 16:14

Strengthened collaboration with Hungary in the field of cancer

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Karolinska Institutet has signed a collaborative agreement with the Hungarian National Institute of Oncology, NIO. The planned collaboration will primarily take place within the framework of Karolinska Comprehensive Cancer Centre together with Karolinska University Hospital.

NIO in Budapest is the only accredited Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Eastern Europe. The institute's activities include care development, registry coordination and research in the field of cancer for the whole of Hungary, including some 10 million people.

The agreement with NIO – a so-called memorandum of understanding (MoU) – applies to everything from student exchanges and joint courses and conferences to research collaboration at various levels. The parties undertake to comply with international principles and agreements on academic freedom.

Karolinska CCC is a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet’s umbrella organisation Cancer Research KI and Cancer Theme at Karolinska University Hospital.

What is a Comprehensive Cancer Center?

The accreditation as Comprehensive Cancer Centre means that an organisation has been approved according to the highly set quality criteria of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI). This non-profit, non-governmental organisation was established in 1979 with the aim of promoting collaborations between European healthcare providers and research institutes in the field of cancer.

In all, there are today 20 Comprehensive Cancer Centres in the world. An important aim of the OECI accreditation programme is that all cancer patients in Europe should have equal access to high-quality cancer care.


Johanna Furuhjelm Project Coordinator