Pioneering New Research: Gap Analysis 2013

Pioneering New Research

Watch our introduction to the Gap Analysis 2013:

Breast Cancer Campaign is known for its innovative research into the causes and treatment of breast cancer. One of the ways of ensuring we are working on the most vital areas of research, is by analysing 'the gap' in current breast cancer investigations. The first analysis published in 2008, led to the creation of the Breast Cancer Tissue Bank - the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, which has given access to scientists across the country to the exact tissues they need to conduct their investigations. The paper that came out of this analysis was also published in revered journal Breast Cancer Research and accessed over 40,000 times.

With this achievement in mind, Campaign has now completed a ‘five- year follow-up’ to ensure that the roadmap for these priorities is maintained as a relevant and authoritative resource. We have identified nine key specialty areas for evaluation and assembled an exceptional panel of breast cancer experts from the UK and Ireland to debate with others in the field during a series of meetings that took place in October 2012. Chaired by Dr Sue Eccles and Professor Alastair Thompson, the initiative was overseen by an international Executive Advisory Board including Professors Alan Ashworth, Mitchell Dowsett, Craig Jordan, Adrian Harris, Klaus Pantel, and others. The assembled academics represent a broad range of disciplines, institutions and research funders. 

From these in-depth discussions, underpinned by supporting data from the literature, created an authoritative publication for submission to an internationally competitive high-impact journal in Autumn 2013. We predict that, like its predecessor, this review will be a highly cited and influential publication.

Information about the content of each meeting can be found below and you can read the full manuscript, 'Critical research gaps and translational priorities for the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer' here.

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