The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) has delivered this Thursday, in a ceremony at its headquarters in Barcelona, about 20 million for a total of 186 cancer research projects throughout Spain. Of this total, 9.7 million (50% of what is distributed throughout the country) are directed to centers in Barcelona.
“It is essential to continue researching cancer. Research saves lives. Thanks to research, survival has increased in recent years by 3.3% in men and 2.6% in women, in an environment in which the incidence has grown. 7.2% since 2016 “, said the vice president of the AECC and president of the association in Barcelona, Laureano Molins.
The purpose of these grants is to support research talent to guarantee their job stability and for researchers to develop talent in Spain; promote clinical research to involve medical professionals in research and thus bring the results closer to patients; and continue betting on innovation with specific aid.
This year, the AECC has awarded 4 grants in oncological radiotherapy, one in palliative and one in epidemiology because there is a need to support those lines of research that are strategic due to their impact on patients and that need more impetus.
In the case of radiotherapy, we must not forget that it is a treatment that 60% of people with cancer in Spain receive and for which there is hardly any research in our country.
In total, there will be 186 projects that will receive aid for a value of about 20 million, which, thanks to the efforts of society, make the Spanish Association Against Cancer the social and private entity that supports more projects and more researchers help to research cancer. These new projects are in addition to the 400 in which more than a thousand researchers are involved with allocated funds of almost 80 million.
The Association has been promoting cancer research in Spain for 50 years, aware of its importance to advance in the fight against the disease. The present of cancer research involves finding new methods for early diagnosis and effective treatments and therapies that will help increase survival and reach 70% by 2030.
As part of the support and commitment of the AECC with research, this same November 11, the Call for Research Grants for the year 2022 is also opened.
The grants are designed to respond to clinical needs , as well as to cover the needs of the scientific community so that they can develop their work in Spain. With the scholarships, talent and all types of research are supported, as well as clinical and innovation, allowing the results to reach people with cancer. Likewise, the association’s grants also promote interdisciplinary and international network research .
In the call for this edition, the Grants for Excellence Programs stand out, endowed with two million, which aims to promote excellence in research centers, enhancing their national and international positioning in cancer research and generating a qualitative leap around to global science.