The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN), a multi-disciplinary, membership-based scientific organization, structures its research activities into a Therapeutic Studies Program, a Biomarker Sciences Program, and a Cancer Control and Outcomes Program. These three distinct—yet complementary—programs accommodate the Group’s expansive research portfolio and offer members a dynamic environment to pursue new scientific concepts.
ECOG-ACRIN science is driven by our members
The Group's network of over 1300 member cancer centers, community hospitals, and academic schools of medicine is a core component of the organization and the three scientific programs. In addition to its predominant base of sites in the United States, ECOG-ACRIN is represented in about 10 other countries. Approximately 15,000 physicians, translational scientists, and associated research professionals from the member sites are involved in Group research, along with patient advocates. There are nearly 40 scientific committees, subcommittees, and working groups across the three programs. Their leaders are internationally recognized experts in clinical and translational research. ECOG-ACRIN encourages personnel from member institutions and advocates to participate across the three programs by serving on multiple committees and working groups.
ECOG-ACRIN's research capacity is unique
Our Group brings unique capabilities in biomarker-driven cancer treatment and diagnostic trials to the National Cancer Institute's research programs. The Group offers opportunities to integrate therapeutic and medical imaging research with the latest bioinformatic technologies in a single scientific organization. We are a scientific community of researchers in cancer biology, immunology, therapeutics, molecular and imaging diagnostics, comparative effectiveness, and patient-reported outcomes, as well as patient advocates and experts in bioinformatics and biostatistics.
In addition to the three scientific programs, several research core facilities maintain biospecimens and images contributed by patients in our clinical trials. Our research support committees provide venues for specific groups of investigators and advocates to contribute to trial development and implementation. Mentoring permeates all ECOG-ACRIN activities, fostering the careers of young investigators. Group science emanates from integral, interrelated interactions across all of these entities.