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Ciáran Nicholl

JRC's Directorate for Health, Consumers and Reference Materials, EC, head of the Health in Society unit
Ciarán obtained a PhD in cancer research at Heidelberg University (DE), an MSc degree at Kingston University and Kings College Hospital (UK) and a BSc degree plus three third-level diplomas and certificates in science, respectively at Galway University and at the Sligo Institute of Technology (IE).
He completed a post-doctorate fellowship in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 1995 and from 1997 to 2012, he worked in JRC communications. Main achievements included the production of corporate publications including nine JRC annual reports, the organisation of over 700 events including 3 open days (with over 25,000 participants), press media relations and web communications.

Today, Ciarán is head of the Health in Society unit in the JRC's Directorate for Health, Consumers and Reference Materials.

While our activities on health (and specifically on chronic diseases) are still relatively new to the JRC (since 2012), the unit has now 45 staff members and it's 4 activity areas are:
1.    Developing a European Cancer Information System
2.    Developing an EU Platform for Rare Disease Registries
3.    Implementing the EC Initiative on Breast Cancer Services
4.    Tackling Disease Prevention and improving Healthcare Outcomes through Nutrition and Lifestyle

  • Health Information on Cancer and Rare Diseases   |   Medzinárodný kongres ITAPA 2016: Make IT Easy
    Since 2012, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (DG JRC) together with its policy partner, DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), is working to improve data, information and knowledge on cancer and rare diseases to serve both EU policy and epidemiological research.

    Being independent of all commercial, private and national interests, the JRC in ideally positioned to foster health knowledge for EU society. Established in 1957, the JRC also provides a sustainable platform giving consistency and continuity to health information initiatives – this brings many advantages compared to short-terms grants. Finally, as the EC's in-house science service, the JRC has a proven track record in data harmonisation & standardisation and its vision is to combine EU health data with other data sets like environmental, clinical and socio-economic indicators will give the EU an invaluable knowledge resource.
    In this presentation, Ciarán Nicholl will present what the EC has achieved since 2012 on EU health information for cancer and rare diseases.
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