Funders and Affiliates
Institute for Cancer Research at CIHR (ICR-CIHR)
The Institute for Cancer Research is one of 13 Institutes of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. ICR-CIHR fosters research based on internationally accepted standards of excellence, which bear on preventing and treating cancer, and improving the health and quality of life of cancer patients. Please visit their website for more details on their various initiatives.
It was through funding assistance from ICR-CIHR that CTRNet was created in 2004. Since that time, they have continued to provide the major operating dollars to maintain CTRNet.
Partnerships and Affiliations
Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (CCCTN)
The 3CTN is a pan-Canadian initiative to improve the efficiency and quality of clinical trials in Canada in order to ensure that Canadians with cancer and those at risk will have the best available cancer treatments. 3CTN aims to provide support and coordination for a network of teams at cancer treatment centres and hospitals, to enable these sites to increase their capacity and capability to conduct academic trials.
3CTN and CTRNet are in the process of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a framework of cooperation in the pursuit of mutually beneficial programs, projects and activities at the local and national level. Specifically, CTRNet aims to help 3CTN ensure there is access to adequate numbers of high-quality biospecimens across their network.
International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)
ISBER is the largest international forum that addresses the technical, legal, ethical, and managerial issues relevant to repositories of biological and environmental specimens. ISBER is a professional society of individuals and organizations who share an interest in promoting consistent, high quality standards, ethical principles and innovation in biospecimen banking by uniting the global biobanking community. ISBER invites all sub-components of government, academia, the private sector, and manufacturers to become active participants of the society.
International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA)
ISQua’s mission is to, ‘Inspire, promote and support continuous improvement in the safety and quality of health care worldwide’. Through its global network spanning five continents, ISQua supports individual health care professionals as well as organizations in achieving quality and safety.
Beginning September 2013, ISQua and CTRNet entered into a collaborative partnership focused on promoting educational resources for biobanking, as it intersects with routine clinical processes.
Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER)
In 2011, the University of British Columbia Department of Pathology and the BC Cancer Agency founded the Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER), an international centre of excellence in biobanking education and research. OBER's mission is to advance translational health research by providing BC biobanks and researchers with education on biospecimen science and by disseminating biobanking best practices.
In May 2013 OBER and CTRNet partnered together to launch The Biobank Resource Centre (BRC). Delivering biobanking tools and services to support researchers in establishing and operating biobanks, the BRC continues to be operated in partnership by OBER and CTRNet.
Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI)
TFRI was launched in 2007 to serve as the research arm of the Terry Fox Foundation. Through six regional nodes across Canada, it links over 50 cancer care and cancer research institutes and universities. The mission of TFRI is to advance the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of cancer with the goal of improving patient outcomes. It works to achieve this mission through a collaborative, team-oriented, milestone-based approach.
TFRI and CTRNet entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2009 which to date has focused on adapting CTRNet’s ATiM software for TFRI’s biomarker projects, providing quality control testing of TFRI biospecimens, and promoting biobanking standards and education. CTRNet is also pleased to have Dr. Victor Ling, TFRI President and Scientific Director, serving as Chair of the CTRNet External Advisory Committee.