Alliance Programs

The Alliance is organized into five programs, each led by a Co-Principal Investigator (Program Director), that operate under the direction of the Group Chair to manage scientific, administrative, and operational activities of the Group. Each program includes an operational unit and one or more scientific or administrative committees that report directly to the Program Director. Each program effectively interacts with the disease committees, and the Program Director is responsible for ensuring optimal integration of their program’s activities into study development and execution. 

The Office of the Group Chair is responsible for the administrative and fiscal affairs of the Alliance and provides support for scientific leadership and institutional membership services. It is the central communications hub that provides regular distribution of information essential for the conduct of Alliance business to participating members, the National Cancer Institute, regulatory agencies, other cooperative groups, and the public. The office organizes annual Group and scientific meetings and produces all Alliance publications, including a periodic newsletter. Group Chair and Principal Investigator: Evanthia Galanis, MD, Sandra J. Schulze Professor of Novel Therapeutics, Professor of Oncology with joint appointments in the Division of Medical Oncology - Department of Oncology and the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

The Statistics and Data Management Program - also known as the Alliance Statistics and Data Management Center (SDMC) - supports the activities of the Alliance by achieving the highest standards for the conduct of of all Alliance coordinated clinical trials and research projects, including study design, statistical methodology, data collection and management, information technology needs, protection of patients and their data, and regulatory compliance. The SDMC is primarily located at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, with some faculty located at The Ohio State University, Duke University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell, and Moffitt Cancer Center. The SDMC is organized into five operational units organized by function that include Statistics, Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics, Data Management, Systems Integration and Support, and Information Systems. Group Statistician and Principal Investigator: Sumithra J. Mandrekar, PhD, Professor of Oncology and Professor of Biostatistics at the Mayo Clinic.

The Central Protocol Operations Program (CPOP) oversees the development, maintenance, and distribution of all study protocols that are generated by Alliance scientific committees. Program staff manages the complex process of study protocol development, which involves the committee chair, statistician, data coordinator, chairs of other involved disease and modality committees, other investigators contributing scientific resources, and patient advocates. The program also represents the interest of the Alliance in negotiations with the National Cancer Institute, pharmaceutical companies, other cooperative groups, and the general public. The Study Concept Review Committee (SCRC) is part of this program. Principal Investigator and Director: Olwen M. Hahn, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Chicago.

The Translational Research Program (TRP) focuses on molecularly-driven oncology, ensuring optimal integration of translational endpoints into Alliance trials and maximizing the scientific productivity resulting from pre-existing and developing Alliance tissue resources. The program promotes successful collaboration between Alliance committees and researchers within the National Cancer Institute's Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs), cancer centers, and individual research laboratories. It also coordinates the Alliance Biorepository Systems, an integrated biorepository program with locations at The Ohio State University, Washington University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and manages a network of molecular reference core laboratories that provide specialty biospecimen and image analysis services required for Alliance protocols. With seven committees (including Biorepository, Imaging, Karyotype Review, Leukemia Correlative Sciences, Pathology, Pharmacogenomics and Population Pharmacology, and Translational Bioinformatics), an executive committee provides oversight. The program also has an advisory board that provides external scientific consultation. Principal Investigator and Director: W. Fraser Symmans, MD, Professor and Director of Research Operations in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The Cancer Control Program (CCP) conducts innovative scientific studies, including interventional, methodological, and health policy research, to help reduce the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of cancer in broad populations. The program is designed to help researchers better understand the factors that affect cancer risk, identify opportunities to prevent cancer or reduce the impact of cancer and/or its treatment on the patient, improve patient quality of life, and evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of strategies to prevent and control cancer in academic settings, the community and in underserved populations. There are six scientific committees and one supportive committee, comprising Cancer Care Delivery Research, Cancer in the Older Adult, Community Oncology, Health Disparities, Health Outcomes, Prevention, and Symptom Intervention. Multiple Principal Investigator and Director: Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research at The Ohio State University College of Public Health. Deputy Program Director: Marie E. Wood, MD, Director for Breast Medical Oncology and Director of the Cancer Clinical Trials Office at the University of Colorado.    

The Procedure-Based Therapy Program (PBTP) addresses the unique features and challenges of developing new approaches to treating localized disease and includes developing strategies to optimize the contributions of standard approaches to surgery, radiation therapy, and interventional oncolog to multimodality cancer treatment. Examples of these include minimally invasive surgery, brachytherapy, radiofrequency ablation, endoscopic surgery and ablation, wearable monitoring devices, and implantable drug delivery systems. The mission of the PPBT is to improve the lives of cancer patients by achieving the multidisciplinary collaboration required to meet the unique challenges of developing and testing new devices and procedure-based cancer management approaches. The program also aims to leverage the emerging field of image analysis to bring forward novel imaging biomarkers that can inform on patient outcome, tailor procedure based interventions and personalize patient care. The PBTP comprises four scientific committees: Program Steering Committee; Radiation Oncology; Imaging and Interventional Oncology; and Surgery. Principal Investigator and Director: Isabelle Bedrosian, MD, Professor of Breast Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.