CCS Research Training Awards

CCS training awards ENSeveral CCRA members are partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society on the new CCS Training Awards fundin... Read More »

Opportunity to Join a Steering Committee on Research Priorities for AYAs

AYA PSP graphic AYA Can has partnered with Drs. Perri Tutelman and Fiona Schulte at the University of Calgary to run a James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting PartnershipRead More »

Are you a cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver who is interested in learning more about cancer research?

CCRA's Patient Involvement in Cancer Research Program (known as PIP) will be offered this year in a hybrid format. PIP is interwoven into the Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC... Read More »

Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to the Canadian Cancer Research Community

awardThe CCRA Awards, initiated in 2011, recognize and celebrate, on a biennial basis, individuals who have had a remarkable impact on cancer research and the cancer research community. We are seeking nominees for our four award categories: outstanding research, distinguished se... Read More »

New Scientific Director for CIHR’s Institute of Cancer Research

icr sd fei fei liu 500 Dr. Fei-Fei Liu was named Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) effective September 1, 2022. Dr. Liu has worked for more than three decades as a Clinician Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, where she is also the Chief of th... Read More »

Article Published on PIP Grant Adjudication

J pt exper Today in the Journal of Patient Experience, an article on the 2021 inaugural PIP grant adjudication was published by the 2021 PIP Working Group. Thanks to our PIP supporters! Access the article. Read More »

Updates to the CIHR Catalyst Grant: Policy Research for Health System Transformation

In rapid response to the unfolding health human resources (HHR) crisis, CIHR and Health Canada will support up to 17 policy research projects relevant to any of four HHR themes aiming to advance evidence-informed policy options, solutions and strategies to address the current health workforce crisis and a... Read More »

Learn what CanPath has to offer researchers

CanPath promo Are you conducting cancer, chronic disease or COVID-19 research? The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health, CanPath, is Canada’s largest population health study. CanPath recently released their latest video, Read More »

Tracking the Investment in Cancer Research: 2005 to 2019

Today, the CCRA released its latest report on the investment in cancer research from 2005 to 2019. A grand total of $7.4 billion was invested during this 15-year period. The fluctuating investment in major infrastructure drove peaks and valleys in the overall investment trend. Cancer researcher... Read More »

Pre-Announcement for “Transforming Health with Integrated Care (THINC) Implementation Science Teams”

From the CIHR IHSPR, the aim of this funding opportunity is to improve our understanding of how to implement, evaluate, adapt, and/or spread/scale evidence-informed integrated care policies and interventions that encompass intersectoral collaborations within and/or beyond the formal health ca... Read More »

New Funding Opportunity from CIHR IHSPR

The Policy Research for Health System Transformation program will support 24 one-year grants ($150,000 each) that generate evidence to inform macro-level policies and support high-performing health care and public health systems in Canada. The application deadline i... Read More »

Accelerating the Commercialization of Cancer Research Results

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) have launched a new world-class accelerator program for entrepreneurs and researchers developing innovations to improve the cancer experience globally and throughout the cancer care continuum. This program will educate, coach, finance and inspire seed-stage oncology-focused companies by pairing them with mentors, industry leaders and subject matter experts. Over 9 months and 5 sessions, accepted startups will be supporte... Read More »

CCRA congratulates Canadian researchers on receiving prestigious awards

Graphic depiction of award laurel The CCRA extends its congratulations to members of the Canadian cancer research community for receiving several distinguished awards for biomedical research and scientific excellence in recent days, including:
  • John E. Dick, PhD, FRS, FRsC, FAACR, recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Awar... Read More »

Final report of the 2021 CCRC now available

The 2021 Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC) was the sixth CCRC organized by the CCRA. CCRC 2021 was originally planned as an in-person conference to take place in Halifax, however, like many events and meetings, the conference was pivoted to a fully virtual, online experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was held over four half-days, from November 8-11, 2021, and scheduled to accommodate... Read More »

Opportunity: Chair in Breast Cancer Research and Medical Director, Henrietta Banting Breast Centre at Women’s College Hospital

WCH logo Women’s College Hospital Research Institute at Women’s College Hospital, the Department of Surgery at Women’s College Hospital and the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto are seeking a visionary surgical leader and researcher to take on the exciting dual role of Chair in Breast Cancer Research and Medical ... Read More »

Winner of the 2021 PIP Small Grant Competition

Participants and supporters of the 2021 PIP are pleased to announce that Dr. Stéphanie Bernard, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Rehabilitation – Physical Therapy, is the winner of the inaugural PIP Small Grant Competition, a one-year $15,000 grant geared to trainees and ... Read More »

CIHR Operating Grant: Addressing the Wider Health Impacts of COVID-19

CIHR logo ENLaunched in early September, this funding opportunity seeks research proposals to address the gaps in knowledge about the wider impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and response on the health and health care of people in Canada. Suspension/interruption of cancer screening is one of the research areas ... Read More »

Are You the Next Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Cancer Research?

CIHR ICR CarouselAs you know, the CIHR-ICR funds cancer research in Canada based on internationally accepted standards of excellence with the goal of reducing the burden of cancer on individuals and is dedicated to creating and maintaining a robust cancer research environment in Canada. This positi... Read More »

2021 PIP Small Research Grant Competition

As part of its commitment to patient engagement in cancer research, the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) is releasing its inaugural funding opportunity as part of its Patient Involvement in Cancer Research Program (PIP). Integrated with the biennial Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC) since 2017, PIP provides patient par... Read More »

Elisabeth Baugh, Ovarian Cancer Champion, to Retire

E BaughCCRA members congratulate Elisabeth Baugh on her pending retirement as CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada. Elisabeth has been at the helm of the organization since its founding. Under Elisabeth’s leadership, Ovarian Cancer Canada has grown its national presence and her commitment to women living with ovarian cancer and passion for ad... Read More »

Registration for the 2021 Canadian Cancer Research Conference is Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2021 Canadian Cancer Research Conference. This year, the sixth biennial Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC) will be a fully virtual, online experience taking place from November 8 to 11, 2021. The four half-day virtual event will bring together the Canadian cancer research community for an agenda spanning the research spectrum. The conference will be an ideal opportunity for researchers, trainees, cl... Read More »

New Leadership at TFRI

J WoodgettEffective August 1st, 2021, Dr. Jim Woodgett, PhD, FRSC, a senior scientist based at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) at Sinai Health will become the new President and Scientific Director of The Terry Fox Research Institute... Read More »

Recommendations for Cancer-related Health Services and Policy Research

HSPR EN CCRA has published a series of recommendations on cancer-related health services and policy research, which reflect consultations held during 2020-21 led by Dr. Terry Sullivan. We are indebted to the many experts wh... Read More »

Are you a cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver who is interested in learning more about cancer research?

PIP research news EN CCRA’s Patient Involvement in Cancer Research Program (known as PIP) will be offered virtually in the fall of 2021. This program is designed for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers... Read More »

Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Research

Logos Palliative Research Chair 2021 The Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University is pleased to invite applications for the QEII Foundation Endowed Chair in Palliative Care Research. The successful candidate for the Chair position will engage in palliative care research, as well as... Read More »

Clinical Research Fellow Opportunity

PMCC DDP The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's Gynecology Medical Oncology team is accepting applications for the position of Clinical Research Fellow in the Bras Drug Development Program under the supervision of Dr. Amit Oza. The Bras Family New Drug Development Program ... Read More »

Elizabeth Eisenhauer, the 2021 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award Winner

E Eisenhauer Members of the CCRA extend their congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer, OC, MD, FRCPC, FRSC who was recently announced as the recipient of the Read More »

CCRC 2021 Pre-Conference Survey

We want to hear from you on how to make this year’s Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC) a meaningful and unique experience! To ensure the success of our first-ever virtual conference this November, we are asking all those who are interested in attending to take 3-5 minutes to complete a short survey sharing your interests and feedback. The results of this survey will be used to inform the format, delivery, and scientific content of the conference to make the event as valuable, engag... Read More »

CCRC 2021 is Going Virtual!

This November, the sixth biennial Canadian Cancer Research Conference will be moved to a fully virtual, online experience in efforts to keep our researchers, trainees, patient advocates, families, and communities as safe and healthy as possible through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to continue the tradition of bringing together the cancer research community for an agenda spanning the research spectrum, taking full advantage of the virtual setting to create opportunities to lea... Read More »

Refreshed CCRA Board

Paula RobsonEffective January 1st, 2021, CCRA welcomes new Board chair, Dr. Paula Robson. Paula is the Scientific Director of the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network, and Scientific Director and co-lead of Cancer Research & Analytics for Cancer Care Alberta in Alberta Health Services. In her cu... Read More »

Innovating Against Cancer

IAC news image The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is working with partners across Canada to accelerate and introduce programs that will restore and sustain cancer care. Learn more. Read More »

2018 Investment in Cancer Research: Report Released

Today, CCRA released its latest report on the investment in cancer research. It reveals that $491M was invested in cancer research in 2018. Although a slight increase since 2017 (up $17M), the investment has been fairly constant over the past five years. This year's report includes some new analyses, which quantify the cancer-related health services ... Read More »

New Member to the CCRA Board

Dajan ODonnellCCRA welcomes Dr. Dajan O’Donnell to its Board as the representative for the Cancer Research Society, where he serves as the Director of Scientific Affairs and Partnerships. Dajan is a seasoned professional with recent experience at Exactis Innovation and a long tenure in the pharmaceutical industry. He has a PhD in neur... Read More »

Spark Grants: Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

The Canadian Cancer Society, the CIHR Institute of Cancer Research, and Brain Canada Foundation have committed a total of up to $2.4M over one year to jointly fund Spark Grants at up to $150K each, focused on Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection. The intent of this program is to “sp... Read More »

BRIGHT Run Breast Cancer Learning Health System Chair

McMaster University’s Department of Oncology is seeking a scientist with background and experience in applied data science research or a related field, and a strong interest in joining a multidisciplinary team dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with breast cancer. This is a full time position. The BRIGHT Run ... Read More »

CanPath Webinar: How Population Cohorts Can Support COVID-19 Research

CanPath, in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, will provide a webinar on Wednesday June 24th (Noon to 1:00 pm EDT) on how large population cohorts can respond in a pandemic and support rapid national research efforts. The webinar will featur... Read More »

COVID-19 and the Future of Our Health Research and Innovation System

Life Sciences Ontario, in collaboration with Shift Health, is convening an online session, “COVID-19 and the Future of Our Health Research and Innovation System” on May 28 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm EDT. Speakers include: Dr. Jim Tartaglia, Vice-President R&D, Global Head of Projects, Sanofi Pasteur; Connie C... Read More »

Ending Cervical Cancer in Canada is Possible

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is calling on partners in health care and communities across Canada to end cervical cancer in Canada by 2040. The Partnership is leading the development and implementation of a Canadian plan to achieve the World Health Organization (WHO)’s eliminatio... Read More »

New Funding Opportunity from CIHR

CIHR’s Health Effects of Vaping Catalyst Grant funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:
  • Youth vaping of nicotine, cannabinoid extracts, THC, and other compounds
  • Short and/or long-term health effects of vaping (including lung inju... Read More »

2020 ARCC Conference on May 25 and 26

Registration for the 2020 ARCC Conference, which will take place in Saskatoon on May 25 and 26, is NOW OPEN!  Click Here to Register. Plenary themes for 2020 include Real World Evidence, Dat... Read More »

The CCRA Board Welcomes Dr. Don Desserud

Effective January 1, 2020, Dr. Don Desserud begins his term as the Patient/Family Representative on the CCRA Board. Dr. Desserud participated in the 2019 Patient Involvement in Cancer Research Project (PIP) and is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Dr. Desserud is a Political Science professor and researcher at th... Read More »

CCRA Awardees for 2019 Announced

The CCRA biennial awards recognize individuals who have made a remarkable impact on cancer research and the cancer research community. We are pleased to announce the five 2019 awardees:
  • Mr. Patrick Sullivan for Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer Research
  • Dr. Anne-Marie Mes-Masson for Ex... Read More »

Cancer: Piecing the Puzzle Together

Join the CCRA at this free, family-friendly community event at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa to learn about cancer, cancer research, the impact of cancer research happening in Canada, the successes of cancer research investments thus far and learn about the future of cancer research. Check out booths and displays from over 20 local ... Read More »

Spanning Bench to Behaviour: Webinar

This webinar, "Spanning Bench to Behaviour: Harnessing CPTP data to understand lifestyle risks across the health spectrum," will provide an overview of the types of data collected through the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) — Canada’s largest population study of 330,000 Canadians in six regional cohorts across the... Read More »

Call for Operating Grant Proposals from LLSC

Canadian researchers are invited to submit proposals to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC) Operating Grant program for research aimed at preventing, detecting and treating all types of blood cancers. The application process consists of two phases. The first phase is submission and consideration of a Lette... Read More »

A New Look for the CCRA Website

New CCRA website We've refreshed this website with a new look and feel, improved navigation, and a dynamic timeline of our history. This site also better highlights our resources. Work will continue on the functionality and content over the coming year. In the interim, we welcome your feedback! Read More »

Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (2019-2029)

Cancer StrategyThe refreshed Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control is here. Based on input from more than 7,500 Canadians including healthcare leaders from across the country, the Strategy sets the course for a more equitable approach to cancer in Canada. No matter who we are or where we live, we should all have access to world-class ... Read More »

Story Visualizations Released

CCRA ToolsAs companions to our 2016 special topic reports, CCRA has released interactive 'story visualizations' using Tableau software. Story visualizations are dashboards that are linked sequentially. They walk users through a series of analyses, each with greater detail, and allowing users more opportunity to ‘interact’ with ... Read More »

New Section on

Canadian Partnership Against CancerThe Partnership is pleased to announce a brand new section - Topics - on its website Topics is now home to the most valuable information from, which ha... Read More »

$473M Invested in Cancer Research in 2016

ReportsCCRA released its latest reports on the investment in cancer research. In addition to the overview report, there are brief reports on the research investments made in childhood and adolescent cancers, cancer risk and prevention, cancer survivorship, palliative and end-of-life cancer care and translational research. Reports are av... Read More »