In October 1999, the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute awarded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a five-year, $11.5 million dollar grant to conduct innovative ovarian cancer research through a comprehensive translational research program titled the Pacific Ovarian Cancer Research Consortium (POCRC). Led by Principal Investigator Nicole Urban, ScD, the overall goal of the POCRC is to translate laboratory discoveries into clinical treatments or diagnostic tests to improve ovarian cancer outcomes, including morbidity and quality of life as well as survival, incidence and mortality.

The POCRC is a community-based, multidisciplinary, research program that involves clinicians, laboratory scientists and public health scientists from several research and medical institutions on the west coast. The broad based approach takes full advantage of the scientific expertise available locally and allows for the pooling of clinical resources, thus facilitating population-based studies despite the low incidence of ovarian cancer.

In February 2003, POCRC investigators submitted a competing renewal application to continue this program for 5 more years. This renewal application was well-received, resulting in a new five-year, $11 million dollar grant to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that started on October 1, 2004.

Dr. Urban and POCRC investigators applied for an additional five years of funding in September 2008, this time expanding the Consortium to include investigators at Stanford University, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Fox Chase Cancer Center. Once again, the renewal application was highly ranked by scientific reviewers and was funded by the National Cancer Institute for the period July 2009 through June 2014 in the amount of $11.5 million for the five-year period. Substantial supplemental funding from the Canary Foundation and the Marsha Rivkin Center will help to support two of the SPORE projects.

The Consortium currently includes 10 institutions, each one contributing substantially to the intellectual activity of the program.

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Consortium members include:

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