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Childhood Leukaemia

Overcoming distance between South America and Europe Regions

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Childhood leukaemia is particularly common in Latin American and Caribbean countries, but the survival is significantly lower than in Europe. This may be due to several medical and non-medical factors: biology, access to healthcare, limited diagnostic resources, lack of research, etc.


CLOSER team will work to improve the diagnosis and prognosis for children with leukaemia in Latin America, thus narrowing the survival gap between the two regions. Over the next five years, researchers from Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Spain, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay will work together in a big international consortium


study the different subtypes of leukaemia diagnosed in Latin America and Europe.

This information will help to apply risk-directed treatments, minimise undesirable side effects and improve the prognosis of children with leukaemia

promote initiatives to simplify diagnostic procedures, making them more affordable,

so they can be easily applied in those countries with fewer resources

include a training programme to help healthcare professionals

develop the required skills in the constantly changing diagnostic technologies

engage patients in research (‘patient empowerment’)

to get to know the real needs of the patients, their families and caregivers

CLOSER project approaches childhood leukaemia care in a global and innovative manner, focusing on scientific aspects, but also on socioeconomic, cultural, educational and environmental factors, to improve the survival rate and quality of life of children with leukaemia, their families and their caregivers



CLOSER aspires to be a transparent, open and inclusive research project. Please, contact us if you want more information or have any question


CLOSER project has a clear focus on Civil Society engagement, so we encourage all interested citizens in checking our Project, FAQs, and Resources sections in this website and/or contact us


You may also contact us at info@closerleukemia.org 

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Project funded by the EU under Grant Agreement nº 825749