International cancer database goes online

Details of current cancer research funded by the United States and United Kingdom governments and private groups are now available on an international Web site, www.cancerportfolio.org.

The National Cancer Institute developed the site with the Defense Department's Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and the U.K. National Cancer Research Institute. All are part of the Common Scientific Outline partners, a collaborative group of U.S. and U.K. cancer-funding organizations.

The institute said the site will help researchers find possible collaborators and plan their applications. Knowing about ongoing investigations also will help cancer-funding organizations decide on future research spending.

The site is searchable by cancer type, research area or funding organization.

'Cancer knows no borders, and with our international partnerships, neither does our research effort,' said Andrew von Eschenbach, director of the National Cancer Institute, in a statement.

The National Cancer Institute established the International Cancer Research Portfolio, which has nearly 13,000 records about funding organizations, awards, principal investigators and research abstracts.

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