July 26, 2016

OICR is making its technology infrastructure, expertise and resources more available to the Ontario cancer community

Photo of OICR researcher using equipment

Technology platforms are often one of the biggest enablers of high-impact research. Since it was established in 2005, OICR has invested in developing technology infrastructure, expertise and resources in diagnostic development, genomics, imaging, informatics and medicinal chemistry. These clusters consist of research and technical experts and state-of-the-art equipment.

We want to open up greater access to our Technology Platforms to cancer scientists in Ontario to accelerate and support their work.- Dr. Rebecca Tamarchak

OICR’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021 places an emphasis on partnering with other cancer research organizations in Ontario to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer. One way the Institute is doing this is by preparing to make available a wide variety of its resources to cancer researchers across the province. OICR is kick-starting the process with the launch of a survey –https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OICRTechAccess to better understand the needs of the cancer research community and will begin broadening access to OICR’s infrastructure, expertise and resources in September.

“We want to open up greater access to our Technology Platforms to cancer scientists in Ontario to accelerate and support their work. Many of these technologies and the expertise available are unique to OICR and can have a big impact on translational research efforts,” says Dr. Rebecca Tamarchak, Director of Strategic Planning and Performance at OICR. “With this survey, we want to find out how we can best help Ontario’s cancer community and improve the environment for research.”

In addition to the benefit provided by broadening access to these resources it is envisioned the program will help ‘skill-up’ researchers in Ontario and generate new collaborations and joint projects.

The survey will be available until September 12, 2016 and is open to Ontario-based researchers in hospital-based research institutes, academia and industry. The technology access program will begin on a small scale from September to December 2016. The data gathered in the survey will inform the mix of resources that will be made available, costing and the process for access.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OICRTechAccess