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ChiLTERN Newsletter 8

December 2017
Welcome to ChiLTERN's eighth 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.
Collaborators meet in Brussels 2017 
From the 28th - 29th November 2017, ChiLTERN collaborators convened in Brussels in order to: 
  • Listen to Project progress so far and formulate plans for the future
  • Meet new members of the extended ChiLTERN network
  • Share information and raise concerns   
  • See a demonstration of CINECA's electronic remote data capture system (eRDS)
  • Understand PHITT trial practicalities
We welcomed External Advisory Board members to the meetings who provided valuable reviews and feedback as well as considerations for the Project going forward. We will introduce you to members in next month's ChiLTERN newsletter!
During the first day, there was an array of discussion across all 7 work packages with sample collection and data sharing high on the agenda. The third meeting of the Internal Project Board allowed work package leads and associated colleagues including CINECA to understand the progress of the PHITT trial and suggest solutions to concerns raised.
On the evening, all ChiLTERN participants were invited to a working dinner at the nearby L’Atelier.  It was wonderful to see international colleagues chat informally, sharing information about how things are done in their country and their involvement in the Project. 

The ChiLTERN Collaborators’ meeting took place on Wednesday 29th November at Greater Birmingham West Midlands Brussels Office. There was representation from the majority of ChiLTERN beneficiaries  as well as the JCCG representative Eiso Hiyama and other trial colleagues. The afternoon session, hosted by Bruce Morland, provided practical information in preparation for opening and running the PHITT trial. Representatives from National Coordinating Centres asked questions about chemotherapy, risk groups and treatment arms. The use of STS, dexrazoxane and sofafenib dosing was also discussed.

We would like to thank everyone who came along to the meeting and hope to see you again late spring 2018.
The most recent UK SIV took place on Monday 20th November 2017 at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
Trial Coordinator Steve Baker went to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) on Wednesday 8th November 2017 for another UK PHITT SIV.  
Keep your eye out for the PHITT newsletter...coming soon via email!
Work Package 3
On 15th November 2017, WP3 lead Dr. Armengol participated in the Autumn meeting of the French Society of Fight Against Cancer and Leukemias in childhood and adolescence. During the meeting, she explained  the PHITT sample collection process and the exploratory studies underway. She took the opportunity to meet with ChiLTERN French colleagues Dr. Brugieres and Dr. Taque.

You can follow the WP3 team on twitter: @cLOG_Lab
Project Management
  • Each beneficiary should have now received their first interim payment with a little extra to cover the costs of meetings, etc. previously held 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 36 followers, 6 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.  
From all of us on the ChiLTERN management team, we wish you very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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 18th January 2018.

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