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54 I 07.2017 W ithin ASCO's mission to conquer cancer through research, educa- tion, and promotion of high-qual- ity patient care, the Society has begun to conduct its own research to support and advocate for both its members and their patients. ASCO has played an increasingly important role in the cancer research landscape through its State of Cancer Care in America report, Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study, and Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI ® ) data analysis, among other initiatives. To continue to develop its research endeavors and share data and findings more broadly with the cancer commu- nity, ASCO has created the Center for Research and Analytics (CENTRA). Led by ASCO Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO, CENTRA will serve as a hub for ASCO's data, research, and related analyses. CENTRA's cornerstones will be ASCO's current research projects, including the State of Cancer Care in America report, the TAPUR study, the ASCO Practice Census, the Research Community Forum, and ASCO's quality programs. CENTRA will also play an integral role in conducting health services research to understand the cancer care landscape and build an evidence base to support ASCO's policy and advocacy priorities; these data will help ASCO advocate more effectively on behalf of its mem- bers and their patients. CENTRA also plans to work with the ASCO Cancer Research Committee to determine priority questions that can be investi- gated through observational research (using CancerLinQ ® data or other data sources) or prospective pragmatic clini- cal trials, such as TAPUR. CENTRA also has a goal to central- ize ASCO's considerable data assets, both to enable more thorough analysis across programs and to make those data assets available to the external research community. ASCO has pro- vided a list of data assets on the CEN- TRA section of ASCO.org (asco.org/ CENTRA). CENTRA has established a central review process for investigators who are seeking access to ASCO's data assets for research projects —which could include conducting research in collaboration with ASCO. ASCO recognizes the potential value of its data assets and its growing expertise in conducting research. Mak- ing these resources available to ASCO members and other organizations will help support the Society's efforts to improve cancer care. ASCO is excited to contribute to the cancer research landscape and foster collaboration in this new way. ENCOURAGE YOUR PRACTICE TO TAKE PART IN THE 2017 ASCO PRACTICE CENSUS The ASCO Practice Census is one of CENTRA's key research and data collec- tion efforts. The census collects infor- mation about current oncology practices and services with the aim of capturing and describing changes in cancer care and oncology practice over time. The oncology community has a respon- sibility to prepare for the future, which starts with gaining clarity about the present. ASCO's goal is for every oncol- ogy practice to be counted, across the entire spectrum of practice settings — community practices, hospitals, and academic institutions. The confidential- ity of practice data is protected. The data and insights gathered from the census are chronicled in ASCO's State of Cancer Care in America report (asco. org/state-of-cancer-care) and used to inform the Society's policy and advo- cacy efforts. This year's census asks 20 easy-to- answer questions that cover key topics in oncology practices today, including practice pressures, opioid policies, electronic health record interoper- ability, clinical trial participation, and coverage and reimbursement. Participate in the 2017 ASCO Prac- tice Census at asco.org/census to be counted and help shape the future of cancer care. • ASCO Establishes Center for Research and Analytics to Develop and Share Data and Research Endeavors FROM THE SOCIETY l Research Issues & Resources

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