Initiatives to support cancer research

In the course of building connections between funders and researchers, topics are often identified where there are research or infrastructural needs that could be addressed collectively. With the Board of Trustee’s agreement, exploratory work is undertaken by the Executive or an NCRI Partner. This may lead to project work from within existing resources or the creation of a separately funded initiative.

A number of our initiatives are infrastructural. Their goals may include capacity building, coordination among researchers and/or funders, harmonisation of policy and/or practice, or provision of a research service such as quality assurance or accreditation.

Living With and Beyond Cancer

NCRI’s Living With and Beyond Cancer initiative aims to increase the level of research in this area to help improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer.

Pathology (CM-Path)

NCRI’s Cellular Molecular Pathology initiative (CM-Path) aims to achieve the change needed to support academic cellular molecular pathology in the UK and make the resulting benefits available to the wider research community.

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An NCRI report identifies opportunities for organisations to support surgeons in becoming engaged in research. To address this, NCRI is running a Future of Surgery workshop series from 2016-2017.

Radiotherapy (CTRad)

NCRI’s CTRad working group brings together UK experts to provide national leadership and support the development of radiotherapy research.

Biobanking (CCB)

Funders have agreed a common vision for UK biobanking, and coordination of activity is through the community-led Confederation of Cancer Biobanks (CCB).

Cancer Data Access

The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) works on improving and using the information collected about cancer patients in the NHS for analysis and research.