ERN GENTURIS - European Reference Network (ERN) for all patients with one of the rare genetic tumour risk syndromes (genturis).


What is an ERN?

A European Reference Network (ERN) is a network connecting health care providers and centres of expertise of highly specialised healthcare, for the purpose of improving access to diagnosis, treatment and the provision of high-quality healthcare for patients with Rare Diseases no matter where they are in Europe. Patient representatives are involved in the governance of ERNs.

Check out more information about ERNs: promotional material / flyer


Genturis patients

Genturis patients are at very high hereditary risk of developing common cancers, which are often located in multiple organ systems. In case they are diagnosed with cancer they need different treatment and follow-up as compared to non-hereditary cancers.

For information on how to participate in genturis research, see: https://genturis-registry.eu/.

Information for health professionals and patients considering a genetic test to look for an inherited cause of cancer is available at https://www.cancergenetics.eu.



What can ERN GENTURIS do for patients?

ERNs are not directly accessible to individual patients but if you are a patient or family member struggling with a rare genturis syndrome, we encourage you to speak to your local healthcare provider about us. Your doctor remains your single point of contact if you are referred to an ERN centre.

Each country has specific rules and arrangements for the referral of patient cases to other specialists.

Below you will find some useful information:




How to refer a patient to ERN GENTURIS?

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Further information is available here.



Latest news

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Posted on 15 February 2024

5th course in Hereditary Cancer Genetics, Bertinoro, Italy

Date: 17-20 September 2024


This course, organised by members of the ERN GENTURIS, aims to deliver up-to-date knowledge on hereditary cancers to clinical and molecular geneticists in training or certified. The programme is available here and the registration will open soon. More information will follow.









Posted on 11 January 2024

12th European Conference on Rare Diseases (ECRD) open for registration!

On 15-16 May 2024, the 12th European Conference on Rare Diseases (ECRD) will be held in Brussels and online!


The European Conference on Rare Diseases & Orphan Products (ECRD) is the largest, patient-led, rare disease policy-shaping event held in Europe, bringing together people with rare diseases and patient advocates, policymakers, healthcare industry representatives, clinicians, regulators and Member State representatives. The Conference is an unrivalled opportunity to network and exchange invaluable knowledge with over 1,500 advocates, experts, policymakers and industry professionals from the rare disease community.









Posted on 6 October 2023

The rare disease community comes together in calling on the EU institutions and our national governments to stand by the European Reference Networks

An open letter signed by all ERNs calling for a renewed and continuous support to the ERNs was published.


"We, the undersigned, representing the European Reference Networks (ERNs) and people living with a rare disease across Europe, call on the EU institutions and EU Member States’ governments to stand by the European Reference Networks and to uphold their commitment to enable long-lasting impact in people’s lives and, fundamentally, give all people living with a rare or complex condition in Europe the same opportunities to access timely and adequate specialised healthcare."






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European Reference Networks support Ukraine

All 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) launched a dedicated website (https://www.erncare4ua.com/) and social media campaign (#ERNcare4Ua) to collect information to help health professionals find support for Ukrainian patients with rare diseases: diagnosis, treatment, advice.


In addition, the Coordinators of the 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) have issued a statement to support people with Rare Diseases and Complex Conditions affected by the war in Ukraine.


If you are a patient with a genetic tumour risk syndrome coming from Ukraine or a treating physician and you require medical assistance, please contact us at: genturis@radboudumc.nl.








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The main aim of ERN GENTURIS is to improve access to diagnosis, treatment and the provision of high-quality healthcare for patients with rare genetic tumour risk syndromes no matter where they are in Europe.





To enable patients with genturis syndromes to receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment and for the healthcare professionals to enhance knowledge generation, get appropriate training and contribute in the research activities that are currently ongoing or will be available in the future.


ERN GENTURIS is one of the 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) approved by the ERN Board of Member States. The ERNs are funded by the European Commission.

For more information about the ERNs and the EU health strategy, please visit https://health.ec.europa.eu/european-reference-networks/overview_en