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March 9, 2011

       The three groups will create one integrated cooperative group that will develop and conduct more efficient clinical research studies, thus bringing clinical trial results to patients more quickly.

       In June 2010, ACOSOG, CALGB and NCCTG integrated their statistical, data management and information technology functions. In November 2010, NCI announced plans to transform the clinical trials system by reducing the number of adult cooperative groups from nine to four. Having already merged some functions, the three groups began evaluating the possibility of full integration to further streamline operations, expand their scientific research opportunities and apply for funding as a new, larger cooperative group.

  • A U24 grant for a combined biospecimen and tissue bank

  • A U10 grant for a new cooperative group with integrated scientific, operations, governance and membership functions