Within the framework of the 17th Czech Annual Cancer Research Meeting, which took place in early December in Olomouc, there also took place a meeting of the board of the National Institute for Cancer Research (NICR).
‘This meeting left me with a very good impression. Aside from scientific subjects, we discussed mainly the administrative requirements of the project, which are high and belong to the most difficult aspects of the project as a whole. Personally, I would have liked to see a better setting of the rules, which would have spared us administrative pressures, because dealing with the administrative aspects consumes energy and time that could be dedicated to the research proper. Another great challenge for us is the coordination of activities of over seventy research groups across eleven institutions. But we are doing our utmost to succeed,’ said Marián Hajdúch, medical director of the NICR and one of the main scientific coordinators of the conference.
Thanks to the Czech Annual Cancer Research Meeting, representatives of the NICR also had the opportunity to attend presentations of research teams not involved in the NICR project.
‘It turned out that in many areas we could effectively cooperate – and we should do so. This just underscores the real need for and meaningfulness of the NICR, which should lead to a better interconnectedness within the entire community of cancer researchers,’ added Hajdúch.