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Global cancer leaders team up to enhance research

Cancer Research UK in trans-Atlantic alliance

Jo Carlowe

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Two major global cancer organisations have teamed up in a bid to speed the pace of progress against cancer.

Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest fundraising medical research charity, and the American Association for Cancer Research, the world’s first and largest professional organisation dedicated to advancing cancer research, are launching a new international alliance.

The overarching goal of the alliance is to stimulate leading-edge discoveries in cancer research.

Over the coming year, the AACR and CRUK will launch a comprehensive portfolio of initiatives that will provide the cancer research community with a platform for building links between laboratories and clinics in the US and the UK.

The alliance will build trans-Atlantic collaborations by establishing training and exchange programs, catalysing scientific innovation by convening international meetings and workshops, and uniting the community to influence global research policy.

The public health challenge posed by cancer is projected to grow in the coming decades, with the number of people who receive a diagnosis of cancer each year anticipated to rise dramatically from 15.2 million in 2015 to 24 million in 2035 worldwide. The AACR and CRUK believe that with the collective action of their two organisations they will have a major impact reversing this trajectory.

Commenting, Dr Iain Foulkes, executive director of Research and Innovation at Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer is a global challenge and it means that we need to work together in new international partnerships to accelerate the pace of progress in the field. Developing this unique and special relationship with the AACR has the potential to open up new opportunities, drive innovation, and further enhance global research collaborations.”

Margaret Foti, chief executive officer of the AACR, said: “The AACR is thrilled to be a part of this unprecedented alliance with Cancer Research UK to bridge the brain trusts of the US and UK cancer communities, catalysing new opportunities for cancer cures.”

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