The Cancer Genetics Network was a national research network sponsored by the National Cancer Institute to support collaborative investigations into the genetic basis of cancer susceptibility, explore mechanisms to integrate this knowledge into medical practice, and to identify ways of addressing the associated psychosocial issues. It was formed in 1999, and was funded through 2012. It was comprised of 14 clinical research centers, a data coördinating center, and an informatics group.
During its active lifetime, the CGN created a “Core” of research subjects which were followed longitudinally, collecting updates from them every year. More than 26,000 participants were enrolled. The CGN also conducted 10 research studies including screening studies in breast and ovarian cancer, studies on minority recruitment strategies, and studies on the behavioral effects of cancer risk information.
Over 100 papers were published in connection with the CGN.
The CGN was a collaborative endeavor between the following institutions:
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Duke University
- Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center
- Johns Hopkins University
- University of California - Irvine
- University of Colorado
- University of New Mexico
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- University of Utah
- University of Washington