The eSMART project group work with a number of world-renowned partners to aid and assist in their research. Please select a partner from the list below to learn more.

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities with a world class research profile and a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. In the latest UK research excellence framework (REF 2014), 93 per cent of our biosciences, health and veterinary research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent. In proportion to its size, Surrey has the third greatest proportion of its income from research grants and contracts of all the British Universities. A significant proportion of the Universities research grants come from a range of EU funding sources and at present, we have a portfolio of 158 funded EU projects, both as coordinator and beneficiary.

The School of Health and Social Care is increasingly being recognised as an international centre for research, education and training. The School is ranked 7th in the UK for nursing and paramedical studies by the Guardian and is a leading provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development education. The eSMART trial will also be supported by the University of Surrey’s dedicated Clinical Research Centre with over 12 years’ experience providing trial solutions to leading pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology organisations.

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 300800
Fax: +44 (0)1483 300803

eSMART Project Manager at the University of Surrey is Dr Emma Wright

University of Athens

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded in 1837, and it was the first University not only in the newly established Greek State but in all Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean in general. It is one of the biggest universities in the world in terms of number of students and teaching staff of all ranks. Every year approximately 800 national European and international research programmes are managed by the university.

The Faculty of Nursing was originally founded as an adjunct four year program of the University of Athens School Medicine in 1979. From 1983/84 the faculty has been functioning as an independent department. It has a multidisciplinary approach bringing together scholars from the field of nursing, public health, medicine, biology, pharmacology, chemistry, sociology, psychology, health economics and health informatics. It provides undergraduate and graduate education (master’s and doctoral programs) including oncology and palliative care nursing. It has a wide experience in collaborative research with other university faculties and research centers, at European and international level.

King's College London

King’s College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2011/2012 QS international world rankings), was the Sunday Times 'University of the Year 2010/11' and is the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, it has more than 24,000 students (of whom nearly 10,000 are graduate students) from 150 countries and more than 6,100 employees. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £525 million.

King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) are part of the King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. Accredited by the Department of Health in 2009, King’s Health Partners (KHP) is one of five academic health science centres in the UK. The four sovereign partner organisations within KHP are committed to working cooperatively to create an internationally recognised centre of excellence which draws upon academic expertise in medical science, basic science, social science, law and humanities and brings together world leading research, education and clinical training and practice within an integrated environment. KHP hosts two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and a NIHR funded Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia through local KCL-GSTT and KCL-SLaM partnerships respectively. These NIHR centres and unit are specifically focused on enhancing the NHS clinical research environment, in order to accelerate the pace of translation of basic discovery science into experimental medicine and early phase clinical research and thus speed up the delivery of new treatments and diagnostics for patient benefit. For more information about King’s Health Partners, visit:

The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery traces its history back to the world’s first professional nurse training school, which was established by Florence Nightingale at St Thomas’ Hospital on 9 July 1860. However, the School was created in its current form in 1999 through the merger of the UK's premier nursing research department and the Nightingale Institute. Our experience of pre-registration programmes makes us one of the UK's longest established providers of pre-registration education in nursing and midwifery. Our mission is to deliver excellence in our educational and research provision to a standard that benchmarks favourably with the best schools internationally, attracting staff and students of the highest calibre.

Many of our research programmes benefit from our close relationship with the other organisations in the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, so that world-class research, teaching and clinical practice are brought together for the benefit of patients.

General enquiries for Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery:

King's College London
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7836 5454

University College Dublin

As the largest and oldest University School of Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland, University College Dublin (UCD) plays a leading role in the development of nursing and midwifery education, practice and research. Our four undergraduate programmes provide entry to general nursing, psychiatric nursing, children’s nursing and midwifery. We also offer a range of opportunities for further study at graduate level through a range of taught and research programmes.  These programmes are delivered in a purpose-built, state-of-the art learning environment and students undertake clinical practice at national centres of excellence. Located in the UCD Health Sciences Centre, students benefit from daily interaction with other healthcare students and top-of -the range lecture facilities, library, information and computing resources, skills laboratories and student resource rooms.

The School has an active research unit incorporating funded and graduate research on a number of key areas including older people, nursing and midwifery history, maternal and child health, cancer, clinical specialties and health systems. The School adopts a collaborative and partnership approach to research and our research partnerships are interdisciplinary and incorporate academic and clinical partners.

Telephone: +353 1 716 7777
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 5.30pm

University of California, San Francisco

Built in 1897, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) includes the 107-acre Parnassus campus that is home to graduate professionals in dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division for predoctoral and postdoctoral scientists; UCSF Medical Center; UCSF Children’s Hospital; and Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. In 2003, UCSF opened its 43-acre Mission Bay campus, just south of downtown San Francisco. UCSF, which became part of the University of California in 1873, is the only UC campus dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. UCSF now encompasses several major sites in San Francisco, in addition to its Parnassus Heights location above Golden Gate Park. It includes UCSF Mount Zion and maintains partnerships with two affiliated institutions, San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

By virtue of the quality of its faculty, the excellence of its patient care, the scope of its many outreach programs, and the many discoveries of its scientists, UCSF is considered one of the nation's premier health sciences teaching, training, research, and care centres. The annual amount of research grants to UCSF from all sources is $764 million, of which $620 million are from public sources. The University houses 3 Nobel laureates, 34 members of the National Academy of Science and 72 members of the Institute of Medicine.

The work of this project will be part of the Oncology Symptom Management Research Group (OSMRG) within the School of Nursing at UCSF. OSMRG is an interdisciplinary research team focused on an evaluation of phenotypic and genotypic predictors of common symptoms experienced by patients undergoing cancer treatment. Currently, the OSMRG has over $20 million in funding from the National Cancer Institute for research projects related to cancer pain management; phenotypic and genotypic predictors of symptom clusters in patients receiving cancer chemotherapy; and phenotypic and genotypic predictors of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

UCSF News Office
3333 California Street
Suite 103, Box 0462
San Francisco, CA
Telephone:  (+001) 415-502-6397
Fax: (+001) 415-476-3541

European Cancer Patient Coalition

Established in 2003, the European Cancer Patient Coalition is the voice of the European cancer patient community, uniquely representing the interests of all cancer patient groups from the major to the rarer cancers. ECPC was established to represent the views of cancer patients in the European healthcare debate and to provide a forum for European cancer patients to exchange information and share best practice experience. The primary goals of ECPC are: to ensure that the rights of cancer patients are upheld and enforced; to increase
cancer patients’ representation and influence at the highest level of decision making, nationally and Europe-wide, in all areas that affect their health; to empower patients to become true partners in the healthcare system; to obtain for patients certain and timely access to appropriate and accurate prevention, medical diagnosis, treatment and care, including psycho-social care; to encourage population-based screening programmes according to European quality guidelines; to promote the advance of cancer research; to include all applicable information on well designed Clinical Trials and where possible the right to enrol in them and to call for improved multi-disciplinary training of clinicians.

ECPC Administrative Office
40 rue de Montoyer/Montoyerstraat
B-1000 Brussels
Telephone: + 32 (0) 2 342 01 04
General enquiries:

How to get to the ECPC Brussels Office

Medical University of Vienna

Excellent research work of outstanding quality makes us what we are today - one of the world's leading medical universities. MedUni Vienna is a state-of-the-art research organisation with historic roots, of which we have been justifiably proud for over 600 years. It is the largest and longest-standing medical research institution in Austria.

MedUni Vienna is not only the largest medical organisation in Austria, it is also one of the most important top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the AKH in Vienna, with all of its medical staff.

With its long history and tradition, which covers 640 years, MedUni has developed into a highly modern research institution that covers an area of 40,000 m². It employs a staff of 5,000, of which 1,800 are researchers and 1,600 are medical doctors. Each year 100,000 patients are treated as inpatients in 31 university clinics, 48,000 operations are conducted and 605,000 outpatients receive initial treatment in the day-clinics. Largest and longest-standing medical research institution in Austria Mission Statement

In its structuring and alignment MedUni Vienna relies on the "triple track" strategy. Research, education and patient care represent the three cornerstones of the university's system. This enables medical science to respond flexibly to the continually changing demands of the state and society. In the process, maintenance of health as well as therapy, abatement of symptoms and prevention of diseases stand in the foreground.

International competition in relation to medical research and the development of innovative solutions to issues relevant to society such as healthcare or age pyramids are among MedUni Vienna's core tasks. Also the disciplines of ethics, medical law, care related research, palliative medicine and health economics are of central importance.

Please check our web page to find out more about:

  • Tasks and Objectives - Triple Track Strategy
  • Excellent Qualification
  • Research clusters and translational research
  • Centers of Excellence & utilisation of discoveries
  • Cultural heritage: the world's largest collection of medical history
  • MUVI - International healthcare activities

The Clinical Department of Hematology and Hemostaseology is part of Vienna’s General Hospital with approximately 100 employees working in clinical routine, science or administration. We are among Europe’s largest hematology and coagulation centres.

Our main aim is to provide patients with the best possible care according to the latest medical standards. Through our comprehensive research we are able to offer access to the most advanced diagnosis and therapeutic procedures conducted within the framework of international scientific study groups. Our university level training faculty guarantees high standards. This is accentuated by the fact that the department has also been awarded the quality management certificate ISO 9001:2008, thus demonstrating that our patients can expect only the highest standards from our employees.

The Vienna General Hospital is equipped with the most sophisticated modern technology. This enables us to work closely with many of the other hospital departments which in turn facilitates optimal communication and provides patients with the highest standard of care.
In addition to this, we work closely with numerous internationally recognised medical and scientific establishments.

Our key research agenda contains on acute and chronic leukemias, lymphomas, myelodysplastic syndromes, multiple myeloma, chronic myeloproliferative syndromes, blood coagulation disorder (e.g. haemophilia, thrombopenia), venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as well as psycho-oncology and health related quality of life.

As a part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC), the Division of Haematology and Haemostaseology is involved in numerous clinical activities and research cooperations.

Contacts at the Medical University of Vienna:

Medical University of Vienna
Spitalgasse 23, A-1090 Vienna
Telephone.: +43 1 40 160-0
Fax: +43 1 40 160-910 000

Contacts at the Department:

Sykehuset Innlandet Hospital 

Sykehuset Innlandet is a highly specialised hospital trust in charge of extensive regional and local hospital assignments and the provision of high quality services for the citizens of Hedmark and Oppland Counties involving advanced patient treatment, research and trial treatments and provision of advice and education at an international level. The hospital trust operates at 42 locations in Hedmark and Oppland, including six general hospitals, two psychiatric hospitals, several psychiatric centres (DPS), child and adolescent psychiatric clinics (BUP) and habilitation and rehabilitation units.

Sykehuset Innlandet is involved in many international research projects/activities in several clinical fields and also in the cancer field. The patient recruiting hospital, Lillehammer typically recruits 4-5 new cancer patients per week.

Hospital Interior HF
PO box 104
2381 Brumunddal


Inside Norway 06200
Outside of Norway + 47 915 06 200


NHS 24 is a Special Health Board providing and facilitating the development of national telehealth and telecare services across Scotland, and is directly accountable to Scottish Ministers. The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare (SCTT) is part of NHS24 and has been established by the Scottish Government to provide practical advice and support to Health Boards, Local Authorities and other key stakeholders across Scotland as they seek to realise the potential of digital health and care services.

NHS 24
Caledonia House
Cardonald Park
140 Fifty Pitches Road
G51 4EB

Docobo Ltd

Established in 2001 from a pan-European consortium of clinicians and technologists, DOCOBO® is a UK-based provider of innovative solutions for the management of patients with Long Term Conditions in their homes who design, develop, manufacture and implement complete Telehealth and Community Care systems, products and services to enable independent living. DOCOBO systems cover end-to-end management support starting with predictive risk stratification using ARTEMUS-ICS™, and a range of medical devices for remote home monitoring that include HEALTHHUB® , docoboAPP™ and CAREPORTAL® that capture symptomatic and vital sign information alongside lifestyle, quality of life, medication and observational information for display and trending using DOC@HOME®. Data can also be captured through Android Tablet, Smart Phones and a patient’s own PC.

The system is easily adapted to specific user needs outside of the established care protocols supporting all formal and informal health and wellbeing support groups including healthcare provision, social networking, faith groups, charitable and voluntary organisation programmes, prevention and avoidance programme activities, community care services, hobbies and enjoyment, rehabilitation, across culture support, etc. Services can be easily be configured to meet specific local needs.

Head Office:
The Old Granary
21 High Street
Surrey UK
KT23 4AA
Telephone:  +44 (0)1372 459866  
Fax: +44 (0)1372 239005

University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has an international reputation in research in medicine and life sciences. The Medical School is ranked 5th in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide. The Medical Research School provides a high quality research and training environment for more than 500 scientists and clinicians based on the Ninewells Hospital & Medical School campus and hosts the Tayside Clinical Trials Unit. It is also the lead organisation for the MRC e-Health Informatics Research Centre. The statistical component of the eSMART trial will be led by Professor Peter Donnan who is an internationally recognised clinical trials expert.

Address: University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN, Scotland, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1382 383 000

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