The spring ENGOT meeting took place in Frankfurt am Main, on March 21-22.
The administrative meeting highlighted the following topics: mentoring, BREXIT and Sponsor/ legal representative in EU, trial budget, pharmacovigilance survey, sharing group resources, General Data Protection Regulation.
The ENGOT Chair, Antonio González Martín, gave update on the ongoing trials where he also informed on the CEEGOG trials: ABRAX, FERTISS and SENTIX. David Cibula update on the SOV09/VITALIA trial with dendritic cells in patients with advanced ovarian cancer (sponsor Sotio).
Discussions were held on the ENGOT strategic group, establishment of a trial support office, biobank project, and COST program. Antonio González Martín mentioned the new clinical trial section in the IJGC. ENGOT is going to prepare a list of trials that could be published there.
Voting on election of new chairs was conducted. Both Maren Keller from NOGGO for the operational group and Mansoor Raza Mirza for the medical doctors were approved unanimously.
As the center Institute of Oncology of Moldova was approved as a new CEEGOG member at the CEEGOG meeting held in November 2018, currently CEEGOG has centers in 13 countries, i.e. the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia, Ukraine, Hungary, Belarus, Georgia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania and the Republic Moldova. Welcome to collaboration!
On November 7-8, 2018, a meeting of representatives of the national trial groups was held in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. CEEGOG was represented by Vít Weinberger (UH Brno, Czech Republic) and the CEEGOG administrative manager Mrs. Ivana Nohová.
The Engot Admin meeting was focused on budgeting a clinical trial, ENGOT monitoring network, and sharing group resources. Roxana Albu from EORTC talked about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The ENGOT Administrative meeting was followed by the ENGOT assembly meeting. Vít Weinberger updated other ENGOT group representatives on the FERTISS trial. On behalf of the CEEGOG Chair, Mansoor Raza Mirza from NSGO introduced the planned SOV09 trial for which CEEGOG had been designated as the Lead group. The 16 ENGOT groups expressed their preliminary interest in trial participation.
The main topic of the ENGOT assembly meeting involved trial activities and regular update on clinical trial research conducted under the ENGOT umbrella. Mansoor Raza Mirza reported about the ESGO council meeting held in Berlin on November 1-2. Antonio González Martín talked about the planned ENGOT conference which should expand awareness about the ENGOT mission and projects, and increase commitments of the investigators.
More information may be provided by the CEEGOG office on request.
The GCIG Autumn meeting was held on October 17-18, 2018, in Munich.
CEEGOG was represented by its Chairman, the administrative manager Mrs. Ivana Nohová, and by Dr. Volha Matylevich from the N.N. Alexandrov National Cancer Center of Belarus in Minsk. Since a Pathology Brainstorming Session was scheduled during the meeting, the pathologist Pavel Dundr from the Pathology Institute in Prague attended the Session. The Session focused on imaging techniques, molecular imaging, advances in digital pathology and artificial intelligence for primary diagnostics in gynaecological pathology, and its opporunities for use in clinical trials. The participants were informed on itegrating molecular markers into clinical trials, and the minimal pathology requirements in clinical trials. The discussion was centered around new imaging and pathology priorities in clinical research.
We are pleased to let you know that CEEGOG has been approved as a provisional member of GCIG – the Organization of International Cooperative Groups for Clinical Trials in Gynecologic Cancers.
The Gynecological Cancer InterGroup aims to promote and facilitate high quality clinical trials in order to improve the outcomes for women with gynecological cancer. CEEGOG could be interested in joining some of the GCIG protocols, and GCIG can be a good network for boosting your projects in the future.
After two years of provisional membership, a re-evaluation for full membership is conducted (which also applies to all full membership groups every two years). One criterion is that CEEGOG works as a group, which means that several CEEGOG centers participate in GCIG trials. We look forward to cooperating with your centers within the GCIG trials and projects!
David Cibula participated in the GCIG CCRN (Cervix Cancer Research Network) Education symposium where he introduced our collaborative group and activities. He talked about all CEEGOG academic trials, and about the CEEGOG responsibilities related to conducting the ENGOT trials in our region. He also mentioned the role of the CEEGOG office, and highligted the importance of Study coordinating training at the CEEGOG office in Prague.
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