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An overview of viral oncology in Italy - report from the Pavia meeting on solid tumors

Vittorio Perfetti1*, Mattia Ricotti1, Franco Buonaguro2, Umberto Tirelli3 and Paolo Pedrazzoli1

Author Affiliations

1 Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico “San Matteo”, Pavia, Italy

2 National Cancer Institute, IRCCS Fondazione “G. Pascale”, Napoli, Italy

3 National Cancer Institute, Aviano, Italy

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Infectious Agents and Cancer 2012, 7:23  doi:10.1186/1750-9378-7-23

Published: 5 September 2012

Abstract

This is a report on some of the research activities currently ongoing in Italy as outlined at the “Viruses and solid tumors” meeting jointly organized by the Oncology Sections of IRCCS Policlinico “San Matteo” (Pavia) and IRCCS National Cancer Institute (Aviano), held in Pavia, Italy, on October 2011. Experts from the various disciplines involved in the study of the complex relationships between solid tumors and viruses met to discuss recent developments in the field and to report their personal contributions to the specified topics. Secondary end point was to establish a multidisciplinary work group specifically devoted to solid tumors and infectious agents, aimed to identify areas of common interest, promoting and establishing collaborative projects and programs, and to coordinate clinical and research activities. The group, which will be named IVOG (Italian Viral Oncology Group), will operate under the patronage of the various scientific societies of interest.