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ChiLTERN Newsletter 7

October 2017
Welcome to ChiLTERN's seventh newsletter, a monthly publication sent to the whole Project network. This is aimed at keeping everyone updated with the progress of the Project. With over 20 collaborators across the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and the Czech Republic, our comprehensive research programme is connected to the single largest clinical trial ever to be undertaken amongst the paediatric liver cancer population. Ultimately, ChiLTERN will aim to cure more children with liver cancer, expose fewer children to toxic chemotherapy and ensure their surgery is both effective and safe.
NEWS ALERT - first patient recruited to the PHITT trial!
On 1st November 2017, the first UK patient was recruited and randomised in the PHITT trial at Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton! 
In other PHITT News.................
PHITT Trial Coordinator Steve Baker went to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) for another UK Site Initiation Visit (SIV) on Friday 20th October 2017.
ChiLTERN Collaborators' Meeting 29.11.17
The agenda for the Collaborators' Meeting on Wednesday 29th November 2017 in Brussels is now finalised. This day-long meeting will provide a great opportunity for all participants in ChiLTERN to get together, talk about the progress of ChiLTERN and find about the latest developments in the PHITT trial. 

Invitations to the 'working dinner' on Tuesday 28th November 2017 at L'Atelier have gone out to colleagues by email. All attendees are required to RSVP with their menu choices and dietary requirements (if applicable) by email to by Friday 3rd November 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

CLCN kits have been released!
During October, CLCN (Childhood Liver Cancer Network) kits were distributed to PHITT UK trial sites. This is a great achievement for colleagues in WP3 to have them ready on time. IGTP laboratory technician Laura Royo dedicated to the ChiLTERN project is shown below with the first kit sent. 
These kits contain all necessary material to collect samples for WP3 (biology/pathology) and WP6 (pharmacokinetics and toxicity studies). The PHITT Laboratory Manual v2.0 explains in detail how to collect the different type of samples (blood, urine, tissue). 
Doctors, nurses and research staff are strongly encouraged to collect all samples as specified in the Laboratory Manual. The success of work packages 3 and 6 is dependent upon the correct sample collection, storage, shipment and processing within the PHITT trial. This will enable the establishment of the major European bio-repository that is the Childhood Liver Cancer Network (CLCN). 

For any queries, get in touch with the CLCN team by email at,
Project Management
  • Thank you to all beneficiaries who have confirmed their bank account details. For those whose details have changed, a new, signed Financial ID form needs to be completed and returned to Louise Woodall before the interim payment can be transferred by UoB. 
  • The consultation process is still underway with the EC for multiple contract amendments. If you are no longer able to meet your contractual obligations, please get in touch with Louise Woodall by email at
  • Reporting Period 2 ends on 31st December 2018. 
  • Please ensure that all communication and dissemination materials acknowledges EU funding. More information about wording can be found in the Publication Policy accessible in the Deliverables section of the Web Community Area. Please note that this site has user restrictions and is accessible by logon and password only. 
ChiLTERN website
The ChiLTERN website is continuously updated with news and information as it is received from beneficiaries. We need to inform interested groups that our research and innovation will impact on society and people's lives by keeping these pages up-to-date and appealing. If you have any news or events relating to PHITT and ChiLTERN, get in touch the Project Team at so we can shout about success!
ChiLTERN on Twitter

@chilterncollab has 30 followers, 2 more than last month. As ChiLTERN progresses, social networking will allow the Project to globally expand its audience as part of the communication and promotion activities within work package 7. Please encourage others to follow @chilterncollab to showcase how our work together is achieving more than otherwise possible.  
If you have any news that you would like to be included in the next edition or you know anyone who would like to receive this newsletter, please get in touch with Louise Woodall by email at by Thursday 30th November 2017.

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