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Slide deck and other electronic resources available now for the CCRA 2016 Cancer Research Investment Report, and updated resources for childhood and adolescent cancers, cancer risk and prevention, translational research, cancer survivorship, and palliative and end-of-life cancer care

The electronic versions of the 2016 cancer research investment report, a slide deck with additional analyses, and an Excel workbook with supplementary data are now available on the CCRA website. In addition, our five special topic reports – childhood and adolescent cancers, cancer risk and prevention, translational research, cancer survivorship, and palliative and end-of-life cancer care – are now available in electronic form. These are in a new 4-page format and have re-branded slide decks. All of these products can be accessed at:



Hard copies of the annual investment report are forthcoming and you should receive by the end of this week.

Please note that the Tableau interactive tools for the 2016 investment report will be completed in the next few weeks and I am preparing sequential visualizations for each of the special topic reports. I will notify you when these tools are available.


CCRA Awards Call for Nominations is now open in the areas of Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement, Exceptional Leadership, Outstanding Achievements, and Distinguished Service

The CCRA is now accepting nominations for four awards to celebrate the contributions of those who have had a remarkable impact on the cancer research community in areas of cancer research and patient involvement. Submit your nomination for the 2019 CCRA Awards by May 15, 2019.

  • CCRA Award for Exceptional Leadership in Cancer Research
  • CCRA Award for Outstanding Achievements in Cancer Research
  • CCRA Award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research
  • CCRA Award for Exceptional Leadership in Patient Involvement in Cancer Research

To submit a nomination, please provide the nominee’s name and a brief paragraph detailing the reasons for nomination to Diana Soifer ( by the end of day on May 15, 2019. Nominations are open to all, including past nominees.

Canadian Cancer Research Conference is in Ottawa, Nov 3-5 |Preliminary program available now | Abstract submission opens April 18th | Pediatric & AYA session on Sunday Nov 3

The preliminary program is now available for the upcoming Canadian Cancer Research Conference (CCRC) taking place November 3 to 5, 2019 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Please check back often to see updates to the program, sessions and speakers as more details are confirmed.  Abstract submissions for oral presentations and posters will open on April 18, 2019. We invite researchers at all stages of their career to submit an abstract for a chance to present their work to research professionals from across the country.

Join your fellow researchers at the 5th Canadian Cancer Research Conference, to be held November 3 to 5, 2019 at the Shaw Centre, in Ottawa, Ontario. Pediatric/AYA specific session on Sunday Nov 3rd.

The fifth Canadian Cancer Research Conference will be held from November 3 to 5, 2019 at the Shaw Centre, in Ottawa, Ontario. The last conference was held in 2017 with 1040 conference attendees, 696 abstract submissions, 596 poster presentations, 33 abstract selected speakers, 25 concurrent sessions and 3 plenary sessions.

Abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations will open April 15, 2019, until June 14, 2019.

The scientific program will consist of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, and poster sessions featuring leading national and international researchers from across the cancer research spectrum.

Collectively, the conference’s scientific program will provide attendees with opportunities to network, learn about cutting-edge research in Canada, and present results to and receive feedback from colleagues from across the country.

Plenary session topics include:

  • Novel Cancer Immunotherapies
  • Cancer Genetics and Precision Oncology
  • Future of Cancer Research

The working list of regular sessions includes:

  • Innovations in Cancer Proteomics
  • Tumour and Immune Microenvironment
  • Pediatric and AYA Oncology
  • Stakeholder/Patient Engagement, Patient Oriented Research
  • Indigenous Populations and Cancer
  • Immunotherapy: Adoptive Cell Therapy
  • Cancer Stem Cells and Cellular Plasticity
  • Rare Cancers
  • Real World Evidence
  • Early Detection and Risk Prediction
  • Mechanisms of Cancer Resistance
  • Model Systems
  • Survivorship
  • Occupational and Environmental Exposure
  • Cancer Imaging and Profiling
  • Integration of Palliative Care Prevention
  • Consortium Based Research
  • Microbiome
  • Lessons from Aging
  • Poor Survival Cancers
  • Equity and Equality
  • Cannabis, Vaping, ECigarettes, and Tobacco

CCRA Interactive Reporting Tools

The interactive reporting tools have now been deployed to the CCRA website as a submenu under Initiatives – Canadian Cancer Research Survey. Please note that the link that I forwarded previously is now retired.

The reports are available in both official languages.



Note that there are a few remaining issues with the French. First, the Tableau Public interface (where the dashboards are embedded) is in English. Second, the All selection in the filter lists does not appear as ‘Tous’. And finally, the numbers are not appropriately formatted. I’m hoping that I will eventually be able to resolve these issues, but for now, the data itself is available in French.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns and thank you for your patience with this project.


Kimberly Badovinac, MA, MBA
Manager, Canadian Cancer Research Survey / Directrice, Enquête canadienne sur la recherche sur le cancer
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer / Partenariat canadien contre le cancer
1 University Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto ON M5J2P1
Ph / Tél : (416) 619-6265 /

SAVE-THE-DATE: C17 “Next Generation of Early Phase Trials: Moving the Bar in Pediatric Oncology” educational workshop (Saturday, 4 November 2017)

C17 “Next Generation of Early Phase Trials: Moving the Bar in Pediatric Oncology educational workshop being held on Saturday, 4 November 2017 in Vancouver, BC. The workshop is in response to the C17 DVL needs assessment that was completed last year as we expanded the C17 DVL network across Canada from 8 to 11 sites. While many investigators and research staff have had experience or education in early phase trials, here was a need identified to provide education and mentorship to research staff conducting early phase trials. With the development of pediatric precision medicine trials in Canada, the need will be even greater.

The workshop is a full day, pre-session workshop at the CCRA Canadian Cancer Research Conference. We hope that most attendees at our workshop will take the opportunity to attend the full conference as well.

The workshop will be designed to educate investigators on traditional models of early phase trials as well as newer approaches to drug development. We will also cover regulatory, ethical, advocacy and access aspects of early phase trials. The workshop will proved education, discussions, panels and time for questions.

Our goal will be to help provide some funding to C17 DVL participating centres to allow investigators and senior research staff to attend.


More details will be circulated once available.


Survivorship and Palliative End-of-Life CCRA Research Frameworks released March 2017

The CCRA research frameworks were developed to guide Canada’s cancer research funders in their response to the recommendations in Target 2020, CCRA’s current strategic plan. Their intent is to identify research priorities to enable coordinated action among CCRA members, other funders, and key stakeholders with the goal of optimizing the excellence, relevancy, and impact of cancer research in Canada.

The Pan-Canadian Frameworks for Cancer Survivorship Research and Palliative and End-of-Life Care Research are now available through the CCRA website.



Call for Abstracts: Innovative Approaches to Optimal Cancer Care in Canada (Due Dec 16) for the “Innovative Approaches to Optimal Cancer Care in Canada Conference” April 7 – 8, 2017

Submit your Abstract for the Innovative Approaches to Optimal Cancer Care in Canada, taking place April 7-8, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. This is one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with cancer care colleagues from across Canada and learn about innovative approaches to enhance the quality of care. This conference is targeted to clinicians, leaders, and key stakeholders in cancer control in Canada. Through a multidisciplinary program of panel discussions, and abstract and poster presentations, the conference aims to:

* Showcase new Canadian innovations in policy, planning, and service delivery with a focus on application and implementation from screening through clinical care, palliative care, end of life and survivorship;
* Strengthen the community focused on the cancer system in Canada by building communication links and sharing lessons learned; and
* Intentionally encourage scale and spread of proven successful innovations.

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 16, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EDT).

More information and the abstract submission link can be found at:

Ensure that pediatric oncology is part of the CIHR research framework for end-of-life care: take the CCRA survey

The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance, under the leadership of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the CIHR Institute for Cancer Research and other key stakeholders from across Canada, is working on the development of a research framework for palliative and end-of-life care. This framework will help to ensure a coordinated approach among multiple cancer research funders in Canada to advance research in palliative and end-of-life care.

As a key stakeholder in this area, we are inviting you to participate in a brief survey (approximately 20 – 30 minutes) to provide your views related to palliative and end-of-life care research in Canada. The information you provide will help to develop this research framework. We recognize that you may receive the survey more than once as we are using multiple distribution lists. We apologize for the inconvenience.

You can access the survey through the following link: Please be aware that closing the web page/browser containing an active survey may result in losing your data. The survey will be open until July 11, 2016. If you have any questions or problems accessing the survey, please contact Diana Soifer at; Tel. (416) 915-9222, ext. 5819.


This is not a survey on Medical Assistance in Dying.