As the most requently diagnosed type o cancer among Canadian women,breast cancer has received an increasingly large proportion o attention overthe last two decades. There is certainly more awareness, as well as vastimprovements in screening and treatment, but there is also consensus thatmore research is required to successully manage this complex disease.To maximize Canada’s contribution to breast cancer research, now and inthe uture, there is a need or more eective use o resources, increasedcollaboration and agreement on a set o national research priorities.To address this need, the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Allianceestablished a broad-based consultation process to develop a strategicramework or the unding o breast cancer research in Canada.The National Framework or Breast Cancer Research is a Roadmap orResearch. It
articulates a call to action
aimed at all members o the Canadianbreast cancer community.
A NEW PARADIGM IN RESEARCH PRIORITIZATION
The National Framework is unique in its ocus on research and its call orcollaboration among unders. Most signifcantly, this Framework:
Defnes strategic research priorities, covers all aspects o the breastcancer research system and includes areas that could be relevant toother cancer sites;
Establishes a streamlined approach or achieving and measuring highlevels o scientifc rigour and research impact;
Is orward looking and acknowledges the importance o both short-termand longer-term initiatives.
FOCAL POINTS FOR HIGH-IMPACT RESEARCH
Research priorities were selected through a rigorous, consultative processto ensure agreement that each o these research advances would beneftCanadians and improve Canada’s global competitiveness in cancer research.The six research themes identifed in the National Framework are:
THE NATIONAL BREASTCANCER RESEARCH FRAMEWORK
A Roadmap for Research