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caBIG® and the United Kingdom

“The elements of international research have implications for us at home as well.” -Greg Downing, HHS


The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) is a U.K.-wide partnership that promotes cooperation in cancer research among its member organizations from government, charity, and industry.

The NCRI's Informatics Initiative implements technological and community cultural advances required to achieve the Institute's objectives and to liaise with the cancer research community to ensure that data generated across different organizations can be integrated.

About the Partnership

The NCI and NCRI have a long-standing collaboration to leverage the best applications and technologies developed by each organization. Specifically, the NCRI is incorporating caGrid technology into its applications while the caBIG® program is planning to adopt the NCRI Oncology Information Exchange (ONIX) portal. These activities benefit cancer researchers both in the U.S. and the U.K. by providing Web-accessible entry to the combined resources of the NCRI and the caBIG® program.

Activities and Milestones

Since 2007, the NCI and the NCRI have held a yearly joint conference to explore ways to use biomedical informatics to speed scientific discovery. At this annual meeting, hundreds of technologists and researchers learn about global grid initiatives and tools that facilitate data sharing across national borders and discuss opportunities to power future collaboration.

Additional Resources

Listen to a discussion about the U.K.-hosted Biomedical Informatics Without Borders conference and the role of international collaborations in 21st century research.

Download the transcript.

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