Links with researchers
UK cancer research involves many thousands of researchers, all bringing specialist expertise from different disciplines. From clinicians in hospitals, to scientists within industry or academic labs; statisticians in clinical trials units, to nurses within clinical research networks – each has a vital part to play.
As a partnership of cancer funders, the NCRI enables a more ‘joined up’ interaction to take place between funders and the cancer research community. We facilitate dialogue with the aim of achieving progress in priority areas and overcoming barriers to research.
Researchers are key sources of advice and expertise during the NCRI’s exploration of new topic areas, and generally devise and populate any new initiatives or workgroups that are set up. The NCRI Clinical Studies Groups alone bring together more than 1200 leading experts, creating a powerhouse for research development.
Bringing the research community together
The NCRI Cancer Conference was borne out of the recognition that many different groups have a stake in UK cancer research, all of whom share in the common goal of advancing our understanding about cancer for the benefit of patients and the public.
With a deliberately cross-disciplinary programme, our Conference mixes scientific sessions with networking to build stronger links across the cancer research community in the UK and beyond. Inclusivity is a key part of the ethos, with researchers being able to interact with each other on a level no matter what their career stage or specialty, and patients/carers and local secondary school pupils also invited to attend and learn.