The Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE) is an independent, 501 c (3), non-profit organization working to improve cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical research throughout the state. Founded in 2003, in 2003, Georgia CORE is a novel collaboration of clinicians, scientists, educators, public health practitioners and those affected by cancer. The organization’s mission is to improve the quality of cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical cancer research.
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the state and the disease most dreaded by Georgians. However, 21st century scientific, clinical and technological advances offer great promise for the discovery of new cancer treatments and even cures. The leaders of Georgia CORE are dedicated to advancing standards of cancer care and accelerating cancer research to take advantage of these emerging opportunities. The vision of Georgia CORE is to engage cancer providers, researchers, educators, patients and survivors in the fight against cancer and ensure that Georgians receive the best possible treatment without having to leave the state.
In concert with partners including the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the state’s four medical schools, the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, the pharmaceutical industry and many others, Georgia CORE is building a statewide research network and has established a clinical trials registry: www.georgiacancertrials.org. The organization works with partners to determine research priorities designed to answer the most pressing questions about cancer in Georgia. Ultimately, through clinical trials conducted in academic and community settings, new discoveries will be incorporated into standard cancer treatments.
This bold vision will not be easy to achieve. The world of cancer research is highly complex and clinical trials are heavily regulated and under-funded. A streamlined clinical research system, though very desirable, is not easy to establish. Historically, researchers have worked only in a specific discipline; providers in academic and community settings have had limited interaction; epidemiologic data were not widely available; outcomes were difficult to measure and clinical trials were often slow to attract appropriate patients.
The Georgia CORE aims to strengthen the culture of research in the state by encouraging collaboration, sharing information, measuring outcomes, rewarding results, improving clinical trials processes and supporting the cancer research workforce.
For more information, please visit www.georgiacore.org.