US Cooperative Group Mergers
|In separate announcements, several NCI-supported national cancer clinical trials cooperative groups declared their plans to merge.
You will recall that there have been discussions in the United States about the National Cancer Institute / Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (NCI/CTEP) and cancer clinical trials cooperative group system in response to the Institute of Medicine Report which was released in April 2010.
The Institute of Medicine report recommended the restructuring and consolidation of NCI's Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program. In response, the NCI announced its plan to consolidate the program to a maximum of four adult groups (down from nine current groups) and one pediatric group.
The recent NCI Bulletin includes information about these mergers ... http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/032211/page9.
Additionally, you can view the specific announcements using the following links:
RTOG and NSABP
CALGB, NCCTG, and ACOSOG
ECOG and ACRIN