Cancer poses a huge burden to society and this burden is projected to increase significantly over the next two to three decades as the population ages. Hence, the control of cancer represents a priority for current and future health services and for research investment.
Currently, a wide range of cancer-related research and education is being pursued within McMaster University. The Department of Oncology is well positioned to be the "voice" for oncology research in Hamilton and to develop collaborative structures for cancer research and education within the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and the wider academic health network at a time when the opportunities to advance knowledge in cancer control are great.
By taking on a leadership role in research, the Department will be able to seize the opportunities provided through the renewed focus on cancer by the federal government through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), and through provincial initiatives, including the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR), to achieve excellence on a national and international scale and to make an impact on reducing the burden of cancer.
This initial three-year strategic plan for research outlines the building blocks required for the Department of Oncology to maximize the opportunity to create a comprehensive centre of excellence in cancer research in Hamilton and at McMaster University.
Read more about the Strategic Plan for Research in the Department of Oncology