Northeastern Ontario has significantly higher rates of cancer incidents and mortality than the rest of Ontario. Recognizing this is a health priority for the region, HSNRI recognizes a need for studying cancer, supporting cancer patients, promoting cancer research and providing personalized treatment solutions.
The Tumour Biology Research Program at HSNRI was founded in 1996 as part of the Northeastern Cancer Centre at HSN. The program comprises a critical mass of researchers in molecular and cellular biology who are working towards the translation of basic research into clinical practice. The research fits within the framework of the Northeast Regional Cancer Plan 2011-2015 (based upon the Ontario Cancer Plan 2011-2015), which focuses on advancing the quality of all cancer services for patients in Northeastern Ontario through integration, partnerships and innovation. Improved cancer services will benefit the patient at every step throughout the cancer journey - prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and recovery/palliative care. This area of research works closely with researchers in the other three pillars including immunotherapies, personalized medicine, and lifelong vitality for innovations that move from a focus on cancer care, to those ranging from cancer risk related to exposures in Northern Ontario through to the delivery of culturally inclusive care.