Research at BC Cancer Agency - Centre for the North
Research at Centre for the North includes clinical trials and community-based research on issues ranging from delivery of cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment timelines, specific treatment interventions, and survivorship.
Centre for the North is committed to providing patients access to world-class clinical trials and research participation opportunities, while developing a research program to address the needs of northerners. Our commitment to northern research extends to our research partnerships. Current partnerships include: researchers, health care professionals, community organizations, community health representatives, Tribal Councils, cancer patients and their families, University of Northern British Columbia, University of British Columbia, and other academic institutions and research staff throughout the province.
The Research Leadership Team at Centre for the North is a multi-displinary team that meets regularly to discuss research priorites, projects, and collaborations. Members of the Research Leadership Team are:
- Dr. Rob Olson, Research and Clinical Trials Lead, Radiation Oncologist (click here to learn more)
- Dr. Stacy Miller, Regional Professional Practice Leader, Radiation Oncologist
- The Research Leadership Team, through discussions with Centre for the North staff and other regional partners, have identified four research priorities:
1) HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH: IMPROVING ACCESS TO CANCER CARE
With overwhelming community support from across northern BC, Centre for the North opened in November 2012. Patients from northern BC who were previously referred to other regional centres are now able to access treatment and care closer to home. This benefit, providing access to care closer to home, has become a common theme in many of the Centre for the North priorities, including research on barriers to access and potential solutions. Centre for the North is committed to building this research agenda, with collaboration and support from other northern academic, health, and social organizations.
Centre for the North plans to engage 75% of new patients and staff at the Centre for the North in a common research endeavor by implementing the Personal Response Determinants in Cancer Therapy (PREDICT) program. Implementation will be guided and supported by The Biobank Resource Centre, by The UBC Office of Biobank Education and Research in partnership with CTRNet (OBER) a widely recognized centre of excellence that promotes the use of standard biobanking tools, resources, certification, and best practices. OBER was a key to the development and implementation of PREDICT in the Vancouver Island Centre and the Centre for the Southern Interior.
Centre for the North, in collaboration with various academic institutions, is dedicated to providing training and experience to students. Providing care in northern BC is both challenging and rewarding, and often requires different skills than a student might be taught in a large urban academic institution. It is hoped that by providing training and experience in northern BC students will be more likely to continue living and working in northern BC as they progress through their careers, thusensuring the future of cancer care and research in this area. We welcome applications from students at all levels of training who would like to conduct cancer research. Centre for the North has successfully hosted undergraduate, medical, and postgraduate students as well as specialty residents and fellows working on multiple research projects.
4) CLINICAL TRIALS
Centre for the North is committed to opening clinical trials in Prince George and enhancing access to clinical trials across northern BC. Centre for the North plans to enhance access to clinical trials across the large, widely dispersed northern region by engaging with the Community Oncology Network in clinical trial follow-up and monitoring. Clinical trials at Centre for the North will give residents of northern BC an opportunity to contribute to cancer advancements in BC and across Canada.
If you are a researcher or student interested in conducting cancer related research in Northern BC; a patient, family member, or community member interested in learning more or participating in cancer related research, please contact: