German Childhood Cancer Foundation
Last update on: 04/09/2009
"Funding research is one of the central tasks of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation. Our primary concern is always the benefit for the young patients. As the German Childhood Cancer Foundation, our task is to improve the recovery chances for children and adolescents suffering from cancer, to optimise the treatments, and to improve their quality of life."
Managing director of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation
Project-partner of „Overcoming Cancer with Research“
ensuring that children and adolescents suffering from cancer benefit from current scientific findings
is one of the central tasks of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation.
In 2007, the German Childhood Cancer Foundation and the umbrella organisation DLFH (German Leukemia Research Support) jointly issued 15 new grants for funding research projects with a total volume of approximately 2.5 million Euros. An overview and list of the projects funded
Project Funding on a High Level
In selecting projects eligible for funding, the German Childhood Cancer Foundation applies high quality benchmarks. It collaborates with experts from the association for children's cancer research GPOH (Association for Paediatric Oncology and Haematology) as well as with physicians and scientists from other professional institutes involved in treating children suffering from cancer. The central funding structures of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation correspond to an alignment with projects of cross-regional importance, whose results benefit children and adolescents suffering from cancer regardless of their domicile.
Project applications run through a standardised, multi-phase assessment procedure, which is characterised, among other things, by its independent experts.
In considering the multicentre therapy-optimisation-studies, the German Childhood Cancer Foundation collaborates with the German Cancer Association (DKG): The DKG's A seal of approval is one of the requirements for funding.
In order to fulfil the requirements of a qualified assessment and funding, the German Childhood Cancer Foundation has appointed a committee of experts with 7 experts and which advises the foundation in all questions associated with project funding.
Current Funding Guidelines and Rules of Procedure
are found here
The Benefit for Patients
The interests of those affected are the primary focus of all activities of the German Childhood Cancer Foundation. For this reason, the funding profile aligned with this. Clinical, application-oriented research ensures that children and adolescents suffering from cancer benefit as soon as possible from new findings.
The German Childhood Cancer Foundation funds 25 percent of the nation-wide Therapy-Optimisation-Studies (TOS) in paediatric oncology thereby making a significant contribution to optimising treatment - also in the sense of reducing late effects and to evaluate new approaches to treatment under controlled conditions. In the scope of the TOS, uniform quality standards in the diagnosis and therapeutic planning lead to a treatment that can be adjusted to an increasingly accurate degree to the risk profile of the individual child patient.