ICR Strategic research priorities

ICR's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan: Capturing innovation to prevent cancer and improve cancer control for Canadians has identified new strategic research priorities:

  1. Targeting High Fatality Cancers
  2. Health Economics and Health Services Research in Cancer Control
  3. Redressing Cancer Risk Factor Disparities and Prevention Service Inequities

The focus of our first priority High Fatality Cancers is to support innovative discovery research targeting high mortality cancers including advanced stage (metastatic) disease. We will support research that will enable a better understanding of the molecular and biological features of certain cancers, which are associated with high fatality rates, and to identify strategies to best manage these cancers, with the long-term goal of increasing patient survival.

The focus of our second priority Health Economics and Health Services Research in Cancer Control is to support decision making when it comes to policies, programs and practices related to cancer care (including screening and prevention). Through new research we will better understand how best to provide health services (including health economics) to improve disease management across the cancer control continuum (from prevention to palliation), as well as the development of mechanisms for timely adoption and implementation of research findings.

The focus of our third priority Redressing Cancer Risk Factor Disparities and Prevention Service Inequities is to support intervention research to prevent cancer, including the translation of that research knowledge into evidence-based practices and policies, with a focus on cancer prevention to redress disparities among vulnerable populations within Canada.

This Strategic Plan will guide ICR activities during the next five years toward a vision of a Canada where cancer is no longer a major health concern. Programs will be developed that best help turn these priorities into action. These programs will be built in concert with a thoughtful community engagement strategy to address these important cancer challenges. ICR will also facilitate collaboration and interaction between researchers and decision makers to support the sharing and use of information.

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