Individual Study / EPIC Elderly

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) -Elderly Study

The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) -Elderly Study

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This study was supported by the quality of life and management of living resources programme of the European Commission (contract No QLK6-CT-2001-00241), coordinated by the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Athens Medical School; the Europe against cancer programme of the European Commission coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer; the Greek Ministry of Health and the Greek Ministry of Education; the fellowship “Vasilios and Nafsika Tricha”; Danish Cancer Society; Ligue contre le Cancer (France); Société 3M (France); Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale (France); Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (France); Gustave Roussy Institute and several general councils in France; German Cancer Aid; German Cancer Research Centre; German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca contro il Cancro; Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy); Regione Sicilia, Provincia Regionale Sicilia, Comune di Ragusa, AIRE-ONLUS and AVIS-Ragusa (Italy); national cancer registry and comprehensive cancer centres east Amsterdam and Limburg (Netherlands); Dutch Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports; health research fund (FIS) of the Spanish Ministry of Health (Spain); the Spanish Regional governments of Andalucia, Asturias, Basque country, Murcia, and Navarra (Spain); ISCIII Network RCESP (Spain); Swedish Cancer Society; Swedish Scientific Council, Malmö; regional government of Skåne (Sweden); Cancer Research UK; Medical Research Council (United Kingdom). The researchers were financed independently from the funding organisations.


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou
    University of Athens Medical School


Follow Up
Information on the vital status of participants was obtained from mortality registries and by active follow-up. Earliest and latest years of follow-up were 1999 (some participants in the Netherlands) and December 2003 (most centres).

Marker Paper

Trichopoulou, A., Orfanos, P., Norat, T., Bueno-de-Mesquita, B., Ocké, M. C., Peeters, P. H., van der Schouw, Y. T., Boeing, H., Hoffmann, K., Boffetta, P., Nagel, G., Masala, G., Krogh, V., Panico, S., Tumino, R., Vineis, P., Bamia, C., Naska, A., Benetou, V., Ferrari, P., … Trichopoulos, D. (2005). Modified Mediterranean diet and survival: EPIC-elderly prospective cohort study. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 330(7498), 991.

PUBMED 15820966

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