The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is a centre of excellence in cancer research with a focus on prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The Institute is an independent, not-for-profit corporation funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Research and Innovation.
The Institute is bringing together multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaborations, which will allow complex questions to be pursued. It is translating research findings into programs, technologies and therapies.
Established in December, 2005, the Institute will support more than 50 internationally recognized principal investigators; there will be a strong core of scientists at the MaRS Centre with the remainder in nodes of excellence around the province.
The Institute is leveraging the current research excellence at universities, research hospitals and health research institutes across Ontario, leading to greater integration of cancer research efforts across institutions.
The Ontario Cancer Research Network, established in 2002, has been incorporated into the Institute. Its initiatives will continue under the umbrella of the Institute and will include:
* Cancer Research Fund
* Clinical Trials Infrastructure Fund
* Clinical Trials Network
* Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board
* Ontario Tumour Bank