Overview & Organization of the CRN
First funded in 1999, the Cancer Research Network (CRN) is a consortium of research groups affiliated with non-profit integrated health care delivery systems. It has been supported by the National Cancer Institute through a U19 cooperative agreement to support cancer research in the integrated health care settings of collaborating, not-for-profit HMOs.
In September 2012, the CRN was renewed successfully as a U24 research resources cooperative agreement, its fourth NCI-supported grant cycle. The CRN continues its emphasis on promotion and facilitation of cancer research in integrated health care settings. There is renewed emphasis on promoting collaborative research that takes advantage of the CRN setting to conduct innovative cancer research. The presence of a substantial number of cancer researchers and mature research organizations, unparalleled clinical data systems, defined member populations, and integrated health care system settings underscore the unique position of the CRN to be a leader in translational population sciences research.
Who is the CRN?
The CRN supports data development and research infrastructure at 9 participating institutions, or CRN Sites. Overall, these organizations provide health care for close to 9 million members. In addition, it supports collaborating investigators at 6 institutions. Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Division of Research is the lead site and Coordinating Center for the CRN. View a map of current participating sites and institutions.
The CRN is led by a Steering Committee that consists of the Site Principal Investigators, the scientific leaders of the various organizational activities of the CRN (described further below), and NCI personnel. An Executive Committee, including four scientists with complementary research interests and the NCI's CRN Project Scientist, provides overall direction to the CRN.
The Executive Committee includes Lawrence H. Kushi, ScD, a cancer and nutritional epidemiologist at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, who is also the CRN Principal Investigator; Mark Hornbrook, PhD, a health services researcher at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest; Kathleen Mazor, EdD, whose research focuses on health communications and is at the Meyers Primary Care Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School; Diana Miglioretti, Sc.D., a biostatistician from the Group Health Research Institute and University of California at Davis; and Paul Doria-Rose, DVM, PhD, with a background in epidemiology and health services research and the CRN Project Scientist at the NCI.
The CRN and its operations also receives advice from a Scientific Advisory Board, consisting of scientists from leading institutions across the U.S. and Canada, and a Clinical and Operations Advisory Board, consisting of clinical and health plan leaders from participating CRN Sites.
CRN Organizational Chart
For institutional abbreviations, please see the list of Participating Sites.
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