2020, a year many of us will remember for a long time!
We sadly experienced the loss of Tore Aasbu and Pierrette Breton, two dear friends and exceptional advocates from our community this year, and I hope that the support of friends and family will provide comfort to their families this Christmas. We will certainly have them in our thoughts.
We have also experienced a great human spirit in our community. The ability to adapt and restructure has also been a key success to this year, with many online support groups and events changing format – from world and national summits, a number of webinar series, research symposiums, podcast and video launches, alongside educational initiatives. The year also saw a number of INCA abstracts and posters presented at major conferences highlighting the outstanding SCAN project results, the acceptance of key pieces of work for publication, and the development of our Medical Advisory Board.
You can read about all of the work achieved this year in this newsletter and on the website, and I hope this provides some hope and determination for 2021.
2021, I truly hope will be less of a challenge for all, but despite the hurdles that may be put in front of us, we will keep pushing forward our key projects in collaboration with our medical partners, key international organisations and European colleagues.
I would like to thank the INCA board for their time, effort, enthusiasm and leadership, the whole membership for all they do supporting people day in day out, raising awareness, advocating, running national projects with the sole outcome to improve the lives of those affected with NETs/NECs and GenNETs, and working together on INCA projects, the INCA committee chairs for driving some fantastic and challenging projects, our medical partners for their positivity and advice, and to our sponsors who have provided the essential support for our activities to succeed. Finally I would like to express my thanks to Teodora Kolarova for her hard work, drive, patience and professionalism and Kristina Slavova, for her great work as project officer for INCA.
Wishing you all a rest over this festive time, and ’see’ you all in 2021!
Take care and stay safe.
Cathy Bouvier, INCA President