Aims and Objectives

The tremendous success in the therapy of acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and adolescents is owed to well-organized long-term research efforts, making use of large populations of patients. No less important is effective combination with biological research and exchange of information. To approach the remaining questions, collaborative efforts are even more indicated. Uniform approaches in research and clinical trials ensure large enough data sets, reproducibility of data and expertise in demanding techniques. The I-BFM Study Group hopes to continue the success story by organizing joined proceedings. Therefore, objectives of the I-BFM Study Group are

  • To foster the information exchange among the participating groups, including preliminary results.
  • To promote research projects in childhood leukemias and related disorders, including non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.
  • To promote prospective randomized clinical trials, using consensus approaches and allowing the participation of other groups.
  • To activate cooperative projects for biological research.
  • To promote translation of findings from basic to clinical research and vice versa.
  • To study rare problems.