Project Information

Overview

EU_300x109This project is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme that funds ‘mobility’ initiatives.  These enable co-operative projects to transfer or develop innovative practices and networks focusing on topical educational themes.

The Leonardo da Vinci Partnerships enable organisations in the education or vocational sector to work with partners from across Europe, exchange best practices, and develop material to promote staff expertise.

Project Title

The use of lifelong learning and e-learning as an educational tool to improve oral cancer screening and early detection by medical and dental professionals in Europe.

Objectives

The concrete objectives of the partnership are:

  • to create ties among European Union Educational and Professional Health Institutions on raising awareness on oral cancer and its early detection and prevention

  • to further develop e-learning and learning modules and other strategies on the involvement of medical and dental professionals in the early screening and prevention of oral cancer

  • to increase the capacity building of medical and dental professionals in the advising of patients and their families on the potential malignant transformation of suspicious and undetected oral lesions in every day clinical practice

The subjects that will be addressed are:

  1. The optimal strategic approaches that should be used in order to familiarize dental and medical professionals in the recognition of early staged oral cancer

  2. The guidance of dental and medical professionals in the optimal handling of a suspicious lesion

  3. The safe guidance of the patient and its environment towards establishing a definitive diagnosis

  4. The role of medical and dental professionals in safeguarding an early treatment planning for the oral cancer patient to avoid professional delays in treatment

  5. HPV has an established role in cervical cancer and new findings suggest that HPV may cause oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Factual information on this may be needed to be presented in the medical and dental professionals

  6. A series of questionnaires in the form of multiple choice questions that will assess the adequacy of knowledge of any medical and dental professional wishing to take the test

The approach we will take to achieve our objectives will be to divide specific tasks to the partners according to their expertise in the subject of oral cancer and especially the collection of data that concern:

  • The current available teaching approaches in e-learning tools

  • Structuring the skeleton of a step-by-step scientific knowledge modified for the easy understanding of the general medical and dental professionals

  • Evaluating available similar tools in the European environment

  • Expanding the existing knowledge acquired from previous relative projects

This European partnership met on eight occasions:

in Athens on Friday February 22, 2013

in London on Tuesday March 5, 2013

in Santiago de Compostela on Friday June 21, 2013

in Dublin on Friday September 12 2013

in London on Friday December 6 2013

in Santiago de Compostela on Friday March 21 2014

in Dublin on Friday May 16 2014

in Athens on Friday June 20 2014

A supplementary partnership meeting was made in Santiago de Compostela with Professors Saman Warnakulasuriya, Juan Manuel Seoane and Pedro Diz Dios on February 13-14 2014.

  • A verbal presentation was made at the 4th World Congress of Oral Oncology (15-18 May, 2013) outlining the objectives and goals of the partnership. The conference was attended by over 650 delegates from all disciplines dealing with oral cancer. This abstract was evaluated as the third best of all oral presentations in clinical context category.

  • A presentation about the oral cancer awareness campaign in Ireland was made at the annual conference of the Irish Dental Association on Friday, April 19th in Galway. This presentation was attended by the Minister of State for Primary Care in Ireland, Mr. Alex White. The presentation included a description of the LDV partnership and the emphasis on continuing education of EU general dental practitioners about the importance of early detection of oral cancer. The conference was attended by over 300 delegates.

    A similar presentation was made by the Irish partners to the general meeting of the Council of European Dentists (CED) on Friday, May 24th in Dublin. This meeting was attended by 82 delegates from 29 participating countries, representing approximately 340,000 dentists. A handout from the LDV partnership to CED was circulated to delegates. Both presentations were well received and helped to make more dentists in Ireland and Europe aware of the objectives of the LDV partnership and the existence of the website www.www.oralcancerldv.org

  • A poster was presented by the Spanish partners at the XI Reunion de la Academia Iberoamericana de Patologia y Medicina Bucal (16-18 May 2013, Santiago de Compostela) with the objectives and strategies of the partnership. The congress was attended by more than 350 delegates mainly from Spanish countries.

  • Finally, a scientific crash course, 16:00-21:00, was held on 21 June 2013 at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain with participation of Spanish health professionals, general dentists, stomatologists and maxillofacial surgeons. The course had as its theme “The early detection of oral cancer”. It was attended by more than 350 delegates mainly from spanish speaking countries, which included medical and dental practitioners, undergraduate and graduate students of medicine and dentistry from Santiago de Compostela and other areas of Spain.

    The content of the conference described the ways of early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer. There was no conference fee levied and participation was free of charge. The workshop was financially supported by an educational grant by the Spanish Dental Association. Both the President of the Spanish Dental Association and the President of the Local Dental Council of the area of Galicia were present in the course. The workshop was under the aegis of the University of Santiago de Compostela School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Dean of the Medical School Professor Juan Jesus Gestal Otero was present and addressed the participants. See: www.canceroral.es