European LuekemiaNet (ELN)

At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2009
  • Initiating Organization: European Comission
  • Initiator Type: Government
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European researchers are steadfast in their efforts to improve the care of patients suffering from leukemia. However, an EU-funded team of researchers integrated the work of leading trial groups, their partner groups, industry, and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Europe to establish a cooperative network for advancements in leukemia-related research and healthcare.  The project comprised 16 Work Packages (WPs) targeting the integration of 95 leukemia trial groups (covering all leukemia types), their 102 interdisciplinary partner groups (e.g. diagnostics, treatment, guidelines) and industry.


The ultimate objective of the 'European LeukemiaNet' (ELN) project was the launching of the European Leukemia Trial Registry. The project was recently presented in Cancerworld magazine.  The ELN consortium implemented new treatment guidelines, made substantial progress with standardizing monitoring techniques, and initiated several clinical trials and registries for certain types of leukemia. An annual symposium with impressive participation numbers also got off the ground.

Consortium History

The ELN partners succeeded in bringing together national leukemia study groups consisting of 147 institutions in 28 countries. On the whole, over 1,000 researchers and around 10,000 patients participated in the study

Structure & Governance

The ELN was coordinated by the Mannheim Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and Professor Rudiger Helmann led the team.   


Funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme with EUR 6 million

Patient Engagement

Around 10,000 patients participated in the study

Points of Contact

Sponsors & Partners

Project partners are from Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and Ukraine.

Last Updated: 06/20/2017

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