There then followed the Stockholm Declaration, led by Ulrik Ringborg
at the Karolinska
, which is a manifesto drawn up by 18 cancer centres to achieve such a platform.
"Following this, and recommendations from the ECCO
oncopolicy committee and the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes
(OECI), the European Commission
funded under FP7 a network of excellence, led by Ringborg
, to structure translational cancer research between cancer research centres in Europe, namely the Eurocan platform" (see www.eurocanplatform.eu).
Ringborg, director of Stockholm's Karolinska Cancer Centre, describes Celis as "a remarkable man", in both his scientific work and his capacity for networking.
Having worked alongside Celis in some big European projects, including the Eurocan platform, Ringborg
also singles out his "unusual capability to organise and convince people about both infrastructures and research strategies," and also his grasp of the need to find new types of collaboration and financial support to improve the innovative potential in cancer research.