Eurocytology was originally developed with EU Leonardo funding in the 2005–2007 call through a partnership lead by Imperial College London (Roberto Dina, Dulcie Coleman, Fabrizio Corsi, Joshua Poznansky) with Inbrooks Ltd as the project Administrator, (Alan Badger) Interfase Srl (Ruggero Bonora and Matteo Capitanio) as its IT developer, Karolinska Insititutet and Hospital (Arrigo Capitanio, Gareth Morgan) and the Italian (Arrigo Bondi), Hungarian (Laszlo Vass) and Polish (W. Olszevski and W. Domagala) Cytology Societies. Its success significantly exceeded expectations. It quickly became the most used cytology e-learning training platform on the web. The platform was originally available in six languages (English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Polish and Hungarian) and offered courses in gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology with static images in the text and a selection of virtual slides. After few years from the original grant it was felt that the IT architecture had to be implemented from a static to a dynamic format, allowing easier updates and new tools. In addition further translations and updates of the courses were devised.
Imperial College NHS Trust (Roberto Dina) bid for a new EU Leonardo grant in 2013 together with the European Federation of Cytological Societies (Martin Toesch, Ambrogio Fassina), Interfase Srl (Ruggero Bonora, Arrigo Capitanio) Czech (Yaroslava Duskova) and Turkish (Binnur Onnan) Cytology Societies. A Portuguese (Brazil Cytology Society), Rumanian (EU), Russian (Irina Shabalova), and Greek (Maria Nasiotziki) updated translation were provided. In 2013 the platform received on average 50,000 visits and 75,000 pages downloaded/month.
New courses have been offered on cervical cytology (Amanda Herbert) immunocytochemistry (Susan Van Noorden), paediatric cytology (Helena Barroca), ROSE (Leonie Glinski) while a course on molecular techniques in cytology (Fernando Schmitt) is also planned. More virtual slides are now available and by end 2019 all courses will host a virtual slides library with self assessment tests.. More EU countries wish to become involved, with their own training priorities and curricula and the whole training platform will be expanded to reflect their particular professional and competence requirements (QUATE).
EFCS, our European Federation, is looking to the website to provide the platform for a European recognised accredited professional training programme; particularly as the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) in Oct 2012 ratified that sector training must follow an approved curriculum with individual nations regularly assessed and national variations approved.
The Editorial Board includes all the current and previous partners of the project.
From Spring 2019 Arrigo Capitanio (Lynkoeping University Hospital – Sweden) is the new Lead for the Eurocytology Project.