NCI Cohort Consortium


The NCI Cohort Consortium is an extramural-intramural partnership formed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to address the need for large-scale collaborations to pool the large quantity of data and biospecimens necessary to conduct a wide range of cancer studies. Through its collaborative network of investigators, the Consortium provides a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to tackling important scientific questions, economies of scale, and opportunities to quicken the pace of research.

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Featured Publication

The National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium: An International Pooling Collaboration of 58 Cohorts from 20 Countries.

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Webinar Series

The NCI Cohort Consortium hosts a public webinar series to foster the exchange of knowledge and best practices among researchers investigating cancer epidemiology.

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Annual Meetings

The 2019 Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting was held November 18-20, 2019 at NCI's Shady Grove Campus in Rockville, MD.

Please SAVE THE DATE for the next NCI Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting (Virtual Meeting Format): November 16-17, 2020.

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Advancing Collaborative Cancer Epidemiology Research

Figure: 60 Epidemiology Cohorts (36 in North America, 7 in Asia, 16 in Europe, and 1 in Australia; Two cohorts include study participants from both North America and Australia) with > 7 Million Participants (male, female, white, black, asian, hispanic); Biospecimens (inc. plasma/serum, saliva/buccal cells, urine, buffy coat/whole blood, tissues, and nails) have been collected on approx. 2 million individuals; Thousands of biospecimens for major cancer sites (inc. breast, prostate, lung, colon & rectum, melanoma, and bladder); Cohort Consortium members participate in approximately 50 projects which have made scientific discoveries about cancer risk factors and technical advances in cohort methodologies; For membership, Cohorts must have a min. of 10k study participants, cancer endpoints, and commitment to scientific collaborations through participating in pooling studies; To join or collaborate, contact Nonye Harvey, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., at

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