ICO / IARC HPV and Cancer Information Centre
The Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), first in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and now in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), coordinates the HPV Information Centre, which provides HPV-related epidemiological data for each of the 194 WHO member states. The centre is open access and supports global, regional and country-specific decisions on current and novel options for the prevention of cervical cancer. The HPV Information Centre has become an international benchmark for the provision of data on the epidemiology of HPV and related cancers and their prevention.
WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination Campaign
PREC has been actively involved in the development of the WHO Cervical Cancer Elimination Campaign, launched on 17th November 2020. It aims to achieve ‘a world without cervical cancer’ via large-scale implementation of highly effective prevention and control interventions, such as HPV vaccination, screening and treatment, and to make these universally available. This is the first time in history that a campaign has targeted a specific cancer for elimination. Like the elimination campaigns against smallpox or polio, it will become a directive for countries to act upon. Several PREC members are providing intensive scientific and technical support to the international agencies involved.
Mejorsincancer (‘Better without cancer’)
Mejorsincancer.org is a scientific outreach project on cancer prevention coordinated by researchers from the Cancer Epidemiology Research Program (PREC) at the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO). This platform has been endorsed by the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM) and has received an award from the Olga Torres Foundation. All articles published on Mejorsincancer.org are aimed at the general public and have been written and reviewed by researchers in different fields of oncology.
HPV WORLD (HPW) newsletter
The HPV WORLD (HPW) newsletter, first distributed in February 2017, publishes short articles on critical issues raised by the research community involved in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of HPV-related diseases. Using a concise structure comprising 600 words, 3 figures and 5 references, the newsletter summarises multiple scientific articles, reviews, guidelines and recommendations in a reader-friendly, visually-appealing format perfectly adapted for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops. All articles published in the biweekly HPW newsletter along with other content from the HPV research network are available at hpvworld.com. HPW also produces high-quality printed special editions for targeted distribution at relevant events and scientific meetings. HPW currently has 8,500 subscribers to its newsletter, more than 3,000 visitors per month to its webpage, 48,000 readers of its contents, has published 160 articles and is endorsed by leading organisations in the field of HPV including IPVS, ESGO, AOGIN and others.