European Pregnancy and Paediatric HIV Cohort Collaboration
EPPICC is an international network of cohort studies coordinated by PENTA conducting epidemiological research on HIV-infected pregnant women, children and children exposed to HIV in utero, with a programme of work encompassing individual patient data meta-analyses, pharmacovigilance projects and other observational studies.
The research will focus on scientific questions requiring a large sample size of patients which the contributing cohorts cannot answer individually and/or which do not overlap with existing collaborations between participating EPPICC cohorts. EPPICC began as part of EuroCoord, a European Commission FP7 programme funded Network of Excellence established by several of the biggest HIV cohorts and collaborations within Europe: CASCADE, COHERE, EuroSIDA, and PENTA.
EPPICC is primarily funded by pharmaceutical companies for its pharmacovigilance programme of work. It has also received funding from the IAS Collaborative Initiative for Paediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER) initiative, and was part of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under EuroCoord grant agreement number 260694