A report monitoring the status of the 17 research priorities articulated in the 2009 National Breast Cancer Research Framework has been published by the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Collaborative, a group of key funders of breast cancer research in Canada. This report provides interesting insights on funding levels from 2007–2013 as well as differences in funding by geographic location and is chock full of interesting graphics showing how investments have changed over time for the different priorities. To access this important report in full, click here.
The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance is pleased to announce the fourth Canadian Cancer Research Conference, taking place from Sunday November 5 to Tuesday November 7, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC. Please reserve these important dates in your calendar.
The conference brings together the Canadian cancer research community for an agenda spanning the research spectrum. This is an ideal opportunity for researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, and trainees at all stages of their career to hear the latest developments in Canadian cancer research and to network across research disciplines.
CCRA welcomes Dr. Sara Urowitz as its new Executive Director. Sara has a PhD in Health Policy and Bioethics and was most recently the Group Manager, Palliative Care and the Ontario Palliative Care Network Secretariat at Cancer Care Ontario. Sara is also an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. With a background in strategic planning, palliative care, and cancer survivorship, Sara is well placed to facilitate CCRA's work in these areas.
At the recent CCRA Member Meeting, Dr. Stephen Robbins, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Cancer Research and Associate Professor, Departments of Oncology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, at the University of Calgary, became the incoming CCRA co-chair. Dr. Robbins was elected from among the organizational representatives and will serve a two-year term. Congratulations, Steve!
Members recognized the invaluable contributions of outgoing co-chair, Dr. Christine Williams, Chief Mission Officer and Scientific Director, Canadian Cancer Society, who served for three years. Dr. Williams played an instrumental role in the development of Target 2020, the delivery of the 2013 and 2015 research conferences, and the reports on cancer research investment. Thank you, Christine!