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.
Supportive Care Oncology Research Unit (SCORU)
Understanding that exposures unique to Northern Ontario increases cancer risk through to culturally inclusive care, the Northeast Cancer Centre created the Supportive Care Oncology Research Unit (SCORU). SCORU has a mandate to undertake research broadly referred to as “supportive care” both behavioral and psychosocial within the cancer field. The research conducted by this unit includes such topics as: development and testing of psychosocial and psychoeducational interventions; description of patients’ issues and experiences; effective and efficient usage of health care resources; quality of life assessments; and evaluation of various oncology programs
Research Chair in Cancer Solutions
An internationally recognized scientist in cancer research will be recruited to build capacity and support collaborations with and among the tumor biology and other HSNRI scientists. The strategy to recruit an internationally recognized candidate is to develop national and international collaborations as well as conduct research that stimulates fund-raising for a Research Chair in Cancer Solutions.