Introduction

The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) is an alliance of organizations that collectively fund most of the cancer research conducted in Canada – research that will lead to:

  • better ways to prevent cancer
  • diagnose cancer
  • treat cancer and
  • improve patient and survivor outcomes.

Members include federal research funding programs/agencies, provincial research agencies, provincial cancer care agencies, cancer charities, and other voluntary associations. 

We are motivated by the belief that, through effective collaboration, Canadian cancer research funding organizations can maximize their collective impact on cancer control and accelerate discovery for the ultimate benefit of Canadians affected by cancer.

Our Executive Office is supported by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. For more information on the Partnership’s role, click here.

The CCRA is not a registered charity and cannot accept donations. If you wish to donate to a charity that funds cancer research, please check our Members page.

CCRA... 

  • has been publishing reports on the annual investment in cancer research in Canada since 2007 (to access, click here)
  • also publishes research investment reports on childhood and adolescent cancers, cancer risk and prevention, early translation, survivorship, and palliative and end-of-life care (to access, click here)
  • has developed two pan-Canadian cancer research strategies, which identify key priorities for cancer research funding collaboration (to access, click here)
  • has produced specific research frameworks for prevention, survivorship, and palliative and end-of-life care, as well as a report on the state of cancer clinical trials in Canada (to access, click here)
  • CCRA’s publications have been cited in more than 50 scientific papers (for a listing of these papers, click here)
  • has convened three scientific conferences, with the fourth scheduled for November 2017 in Vancouver (for more information, click here)
  • recognizes, on a biennial basis, the accomplishments of key leaders in cancer research (for more information, click here).

CCRC 2019: Save the Date

The fifth biennial Canadian Cancer Research Conference will be held November 2-5, 2019, at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance will once again bring together the cancer research community for an agenda spanning the research spectrum. Remember to save the date in your calendars!

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CCRA Awardees for 2017

This year's CCRC awards were presented at the 2017 Canadian Cancer Research Conference, which was held from November 5 to 7, 2017 in Vancouver. Recipients were: Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer (Queen's University) who received the Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research award, Dr. John Bell (University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital) and Dr. Marco Marra (The University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency) who received the Outstanding Achievements in Cancer Research award, Dr. Eduardo Franco (McGill University) who received the Distinguished Service to Cancer Research award, and Dr. Michael A.S. Jewett (University of Toronto and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) and Ms. Judy Needham (Canadian Cancer Trials Group and Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network) who received the Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer award. For more information, click here.

CCRC 2017: A resounding success!

Drs. David Huntsman and Stephen Robbins co-chaired the very successful 2017 CCRC in Vancouver. It was a record-breaking event with over 1,084 registrants, of which 507 self-identified as trainees. There were 700 submitted abstracts and from these, 33 were selected for oral presentations and 600 were presented as posters. The meeting provided 25 concurrent sessions, the most of any previous conference. For the scientific program and more, visit the CCRC website.

New Research Frameworks Released

CCRA is pleased to announce the release of two research frameworks as part of its Target 2020 deliverables. The Pan-Canadian Research Framework for Cancer Survivorship and the Pan-Canadian Research Framework for Palliative and End-of-Life Care are available for download along with one-page summaries, which will facilitate broad stakeholder engagement. CCRA will focus on development of an implementation approach in the coming months. The development of these frameworks involved many representatives from the Alliance and experts from the cancer survivorship and palliative and end-of-life care fields. You can find all of these documents here.

Other News and Events...

Opportunity at the Canadian Cancer Society - Vice President, Research

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, Research and Programs, the Vice-President, Research, provides overall scientific leadership and financial stewardship for the administration of the Society’s budget in research programs and initiatives to meet its strategic goals and research outcomes. This position is responsible for engaging the cancer research community to build researcher loyalty and support for CCS as a premier funder of cancer research in Canada. For more information, see http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/careers/current-opportunities/?region=on.

Opportunity: Scientist at the RIOH in Manitoba

The Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology (RIOH), a joint institute of CancerCare Manitoba and the University of Manitoba, invites applications for a full-time position as Scientist and appropriate level of Professor at the University of Manitoba beginning October, 2 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible.

This is a one-year appointment (October 2, 2017–October 1, 2018). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted until December, 31 2017 or until the position has been filled. For more information, click here.