Researchers from Queen's and the University of Leeds, as part of a pan-European partnership called the European Cancer Concord (ECC)®, have won the prestigious 2018 European Health Award.
This award honours initiatives that help tackle some of Europe's most pressing health challenges.
Professor Lawler commented: "Cancer knows no borders, so it is important that we work together to develop solutions that address cancer inequalities in all parts of Europe. I am immensely proud to be accepting this award, not only on behalf of our team who have worked together over the last five years on this initiative, but also on behalf of the millions of European citizens who are living with and beyond cancer, and experiencing cancer inequalities every single day of their lives."
In a joint statement, Professor Ian Greer, Queen's President and Vice-Chancellor and Professor Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, welcomed the award: "The European Health Award is a prestigious award that recognises the very best of the European collaborative approach, involving over 60 stakeholders from 25 European countries, working together for the benefit of patients.
"We are immensely proud that an initiative, which was initiated at Queen's University in Northern Ireland, and where Leeds University and Queen's have demonstrated their strong leadership, has been recognised across Europe as a quality exemplar of best practice."
Speaking at the award ceremony, Professor Lawler said: "Cooperation is the key to this initiative. We need to compete, not against each other, but against our common enemy – Cancer."
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