Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2013
  • Initiating Organization: Hoosier Oncology Group
  • Initiator Type: Academia
  • Disease focus:
  • Location: North America


The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (BTCRC) aims to transform cancer research through collaborative, hypothesis-driven, highly translational oncology trials that leverage the scientific and clinical expertise of the Big Ten universities.

Together, BTCRC member institutions support the work of 2,600 cancer researchers, care for more than 50,000 new cancer patients each year, and enroll 20,000 patient volunteers on cancer clinical trials.

Consortium History

2011: Discussions to form BTCRC begin (July)

2011: Hoosier Cancer Research Network selected as administrative headquarters (October)

2012: Ten cancer centers commit to participate, Steering Committee members appointed (July)

2012: First Steering Committee call (September)

2013: First membership contract executed, first BTCRC in-person meeting held at Big Ten headquarters (February)

2013: First letters of intent received from BTCRC investigators (March)

2013: BTCRC kickoff event in Chicago (June)

2014: RFA packet circulated, thoracic working group kickoff call, GU working group face-to-face meeting (January)

2014: GI working group kickoff call (February)

2014: Breast working group kickoff call, Susan Goodin, PharmD, named executive officer (May)

2014: Myeloid, lymphoid, and multiple myeloma working groups kickoff meeting; melanoma/cutaneous oncology and gynecologic working groups (November/December)

2015: First BTCRC clinical trial opens; first subject accrued (March/April)

Structure & Governance



BTCRC Member institutions have committed funds to support the infrastructure costs of the consortium. The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Foundation was established in 2015 to provide an avenue of support for consortium activities. In addition, BTCRC studies may receive support from industry funding.

Sponsors & Partners

Jessica Roy, CCRP
Director of Research Development
phone: 317-634-5842, ext. 19

University of Illinois Cancer Center

Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Breslin Cancer Center (Michigan State University)

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center (University of Nebraska)

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute (Penn State University)

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center

Last Updated: 04/06/2016

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