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New Cancer Research Collaboration Launched in UK


The UK's National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) today launched its new five-year strategy to accelerate progress in cancer research through collaboration.   NCRI reports that the strategy will help cancer research funders to maximize opportunities to improve the health and quality of life of people who have had, or may one day develop, cancer. It will also ensure research continues to drive improvements in prevention, treatment, and patient care and support.   In partnership with the James Lind Alliance, NCRI's new initiative, ‘Living with and Beyond Cancer’, will mean people affected by cancer and clinical healthcare professionals to pose the questions they feel are unanswered about living with or beyond cancer, so they can be addressed through research. People affected by cancer and health care professionals will work together to prioritize the questions in to a top-ten. NCRI will also be working with researchers to help ensure research proposals to address the top-ten questions are successfully funded.    The NCRI partnership was set up to facilitate collaboration between cancer research funders and to address gaps and challenges in research that wouldn’t be possible for one organization to tackle alone. It comprises 19 key funders in cancer research across the four UK nations which, collectively, have spent more than £6 billion ($8 bn) on cancer research since the partnership was established in 2001.    http://www.ncri.org.uk/lwbc/