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Health diplomacy in action: the cancer legacy of the Good Friday Agreement

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posted on 2023-11-01, 15:53 authored by Mark Lawler, Richard Sullivan, Ghassan K Abou-Alfa, Karen McCloskey, Debbie Keatley, Jennifer Feighan, William Dahut, Eibhlin Mulroe, Robert Ladner, Mohamed Genead, Maeve Lowery, James L Gulley, Christopher J Scott, Daniel B Longley, Aedin Culhane, William M Gallagher, Nick Orr, Stephen J Chanock, Satish Gopal

2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which led peace in Northern Ireland. As well as its impact on peace and reconciliation, the Good Friday Agreement has also had a lasting positive impact on cancer research and cancer care across the island of Ireland. Pursuant to the Good Friday Agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the respective Departments of Health in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), giving rise to the Ireland - Northern Ireland - National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium, an unparalleled tripartite agreement designed to nurture and develop linkages between cancer researchers, physicians and allied healthcare professionals across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the US, delivering world class research and better care for cancer patients on the island of Ireland and driving research and innovation in the US. 


AICRI-Start, a Strand III project and the eHealthHub - All Island Research Hub for Federated Analysis of Cancer Data, a Strand II project, both funded under the North-South Research Programme (NSRP)

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Published Citation

Lawler M. et al. Health diplomacy in action: the cancer legacy of the Good Friday Agreement. J Cancer Policy. 2023;38:100448.

Publication Date

14 October 2023

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Elsevier Ltd.


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