Cancer charities call for national research collaboration

Extracted from Cancer Council Australia News 3 February, 2012

SYDNEY: A group of Australia’s leading cancer charities today called for a national cancer research plan to better coordinate investment in cancer research.
The Cancer Research Leadership Forum (CRLF) released a white paper, ‘Towards a National Cancer Research Plan’, on the eve of World Cancer Day (4 February).
The paper calls for the development of an all-encompassing national cancer research plan to coordinate investment in research and accelerate progress in cancer control.
Supported by Macquarie Group Foundation, the Cancer Research Leadership Forum is a voluntary coalition of major Australian charities, including Cancer Council Australia, formed in 2009 to fund cancer researchers and research projects, drive efficiencies across the sector and explore collaboration.
In 2011, almost $300 million was awarded to Australian cancer research projects by a range of funders from the public, private and community sectors.
Cancer Council CEO, Professor Ian Olver, said the plan was needed to reduce inefficiencies and gaps in the funding of cancer research.

“A research framework will provide a useful resource to help organisations set priorities for research funding,” Professor Olver said. “It is great to work with other cancer organisations towards a common goal.”