Komen has a long-standing history of collaborating with other nonprofit organizations that share our goal of ending breast cancer forever. We value the relationships we have built with our nonprofit partners, and continue to seek out opportunities to work together and share resources to facilitate the development of the infrastructure, tools, and other means to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries from bench to bedside to curbside.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center
Since 2007, Komen has invested more than $7M to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Tissue Bank, the only healthy breast tissue repository in the world! By studying normal tissue, the tissue bank accelerates research on the causes and prevention of breast cancer. To read more about this work, click here. Read a first hand account of what data collection days are really like.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Komen has collaborated with ASCO since 2008, when we entered into a partnership with ASCO to support projects and initiatves focused on clinical research & quality of care. Komen is proud to be a funder of ASCO's CancerLinQ a multi-phase initiative that promises to change the way cancer is understood and treated. This "rapid learning system" will harness technological advances to connect oncology practices, measure quality and performance, and provide physicians with decision support in real time.
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Komen has a longstanding relationship with AACR, dating back to 2007, through which we have provided support for scientific conferences, awards, educational programming. AACR kicked off the Rally for Medical Research at their 2013 annual meeting. Komen was proud to be a sponsor of this groundbreaking event!
Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC)
Komen is a supporter of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium, a collaboration of 16 research centers that tests novel, laboratory-based strategies, but also attempts to understand the underlying causes and biology of breast cancer. Most, if not all, of the TBCRC trials have a specimen submission or tissue banking component.
Conferences for Researchers, Survivors and Advocates
Susan G. Komen funds travel scholarships and makes grants to conference general support for many meetings across the globe that help survivors get the most up to date information, interact with others who have shared experiences and bring the top researchers together to share information. Among these are, Conference for Young Women, Annual Conference for Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer, and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network's National Conference.
In addition, we fund scientific meetings, conferences and workshops providing general conference support, travel scholarships, educational sessions, and scientific achievement awards. Some of these meetings include the following: