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22 December 2023

A Year in Review: FORTEe in 2023

As the year comes to an end, we seize the opportunity to look back at some great achievements FORTEe and its diligent team made during the past 12 months.

The FORTEe clinical trial is progressing well at all 9 established trial sites. On top, we could welcome in October UKESSEN as the 10th trial site and new clinical partner. Up to now, more than 300 participants have been enrolled in the FORTEe clinical trial, since it was initiated.

All work packages are making encouraging progress and in Spring of 2023 we had the chance to discuss the project the first time in person at our General Assembly Meeting in Madrid! All work package leaders reported their progress and we had the chance to take important decisions together.

In September, a successful #GoldSeptember social media campaign was launched with contributions from all FORTEe partners! Our dedicated team members captured moments of solidarity by taking pictures in gold to symbolize the strength and resilience of children battling cancer. We wholeheartedly shared these images across our social media platforms, amplifying the message of hope and the need for continued research and support.

We are looking forward to another exciting year with FORTEe! We warmly invite you to join us in the next phase of our journey. Stay engaged and up-to-date by following our social media channels (Instagram, X, LinkedIn & Facebook) for the latest updates and subscribe to our electronic newsletter via this link to be updated with FORTEe’s ongoing development.

07 November 2023

Mentor-mentee visit: Meta and Domen in Italy

Last week, the FORTEe Team from FORMA3D in Ljubljana, Slovenia, embarked on an exciting journey to visit their counterparts in Monza and Milan, Italy. The purpose of this visit was two-fold: to strengthen the collaborative bond between FORTEe project partners and provide an opportunity for mentor and mentee pairs to meet face-to-face. Everyone was eager to exchange ideas, insights, and experiences that would further enhance the success of the FORTEe project!

Now, let’s read about Meta and Domen’s reflection on the visit:

“We have been looking forward to our visit to Monza and Milan for quite some time, to see first-hand how the FORTEe project works in those centres. It was great to meet our fellow researchers and, of course, our mentors from the mentor-mentee program. They were very knowledgeable and made us feel welcomed there. We shared our experiences and had a lot of fun experiencing their work environment. We took part in cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), which was very interesting to see, because we do not perform these measurements in our centre. We also had the chance to meet their patients, who shared their positive thoughts about the program, so we left Italy with even more enthusiasm for working in the future. Thanks again to the Italian team!”

Thank you, Meta and Domen, for sharing your experience with us!
Together we #GetStrongToFightChildhoodCancer!

31 October 2023

Mentor-mentee visit: Emma in Madrid

Embarking on a mentor-mentee training journey abroad can be a transformative experience for both mentors and mentees. It’s an opportunity to not only exchange knowledge but also to forge lasting connections across borders. In the first week of October 2023, Emma Fredskild Høvighoff, a young researcher from RegionH in Copenhagen, paid a visit to the FORTEe Team in Madrid as part of the training activities embedded in the FORTEe project.

Let’s hear Emma’s thoughts about the visit:

First of all, it was a lovely trip and great to meet fellow researchers from FORTEe! It was inspiring to see how they run FORTEe in Madrid, get inspiration and discuss challenges. I was very lucky to see how they analyze blood samples with some of the same techniques as they will use in the biomarker project in FORTEe. Furthermore, I also joined a small presentation with the team and got to see the other projects they are working with. It was overall a great trip and it was lovely that the team in Madrid took so good care of me when I was there! I got home with renewed energy and inspiration.
I think the mentor-mentee visit is a great opportunity for us young investigators to be able to go and visit other recruiting centers within the FORTEe trial. I think it helps us strengthen the bond between the different centers, which I think is important when we work with partners that are located so far away from each other. I think the money and time we spend on these trips will pay off both during the FORTEe project, but hopefully also help us collaborate in making other great research projects within pediatric exercise oncology in the future. “

Thank you, Emma, for sharing your experience with us! Together we #GetStrongToFightChildhoodCancer!

La nostra missione

Il tumore è la prima causa di morte per malattie non trasmissibili nei bambini in Europa. La morbilità dei pazienti aumenta durante il trattamento del tumore a causa dell’inattività fisica, della fatica legata al tumore e della riduzione della qualità della vita compromessa dallo stato di ridotta salute. In particolare, l’esercizio adattato ha ottenuto notevoli effetti sul trattamento oncologico negli adulti affetti da tumore. Un effetto simile non è stato ancora chiaramente dimostrato nei bambini e negli adolescenti. È qui che FORTEe interviene per proporre l’esercizio come terapia, che mira a rendere i giovani pazienti più forti per combattere il tumore infantile.

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Obiettivi

  • Valutare l’esercizio personalizzato e standardizzato, utilizzato come terapia, in bambini e adolescenti sottoposti a trattamento antitumorale.
  • Dimostrare l'efficacia di un'innovativa terapia a base di esercizio su misura per ogni singolo paziente
  • Sviluppare e utilizzare tecnologie digitali innovative, come la realtà aumentata, per un allenamento più efficace, adatto all'età del paziente e personalizzato.
  • Creare nuovi percorsi di cura per i pazienti utilizzando tecnologie come la telemedicina
  • Aumentare la possibilità di accesso all'allenamento personalizzato per il maggior numero di pazienti possibile, mantenendo le misure preventive di distanziamento fisico in bambini immunocompromessi
  • Implementare la terapia a base di esercizio in età pediatrica come standard di cura nella Unione Europea

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