About MCRC

The Michigan Cancer Research Consortium NCORP (MCRC-NCORP) is one of only 34 community based research programs supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

About the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)

The NCI Community Clinical Research Program (NCORP) is a comprehensive clinical trials network for distributing the latest cancer prevention, control, symptom management and treatment findings to the community. Created in 1983 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the 47 currently funded NCORPs represent 340 hospitals and over 10,000 specialists across the country, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. NCORPs work collaboratively with medical centers, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists to provide patients access to quality clinical trials. Participation is limited to medical centers that have met the highest standards of excellence in conducting cancer clinical trials.

The mission of the NCORP Program is to increase access for all patients to state-of-the-art cancer treatment.  We achieve this by linking patients in their communities with leading clinical cooperative groups and large cancer treatment centers located throughout the United States and Canada.

About the MCRC NCORP Program

The Michigan Cancer Research Consortium is a well-established NCORP. This program was funded by the NCI in 1994. It was first established at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The MCRC continues to expand its program and add new component hospitals. The following leading Michigan health centers include Allegiance Health System in Jackson, Genesys-Hurley Cancer Institute in Flint, St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, St. John Macomb-Oakland in Warren, Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Saint Mary's of Michigan in Saginaw, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, and St. Mary Mercy in Livonia. MCRC-NCORP has also expanded to include St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

A leader in the National Cancer Institute's Clinical Cooperative Group Program is the Alliance NCORP Research Base.  Alliance is located at the Chicago, IL. It is our primary regional research base for clinical trials. Because of our affiliation, physicians, scientists and other staff members from the Mayo Cancer Center are available to consult with our physicians and researchers at any time. In addition, the Michigan Cancer Research Consortium NCORP staff meet regularly with doctors and nurses from other parts of the United States to review current research and assist in the development of new clinical trials.

The Michigan Cancer Research Consortium NCORP is also affiliated with other research bases throughout the United States and Canada. These include:

Alliance NCORP Research Base
Jan C. Buckner, M.D., B.A.
Boston, Massachusetts

Lynne I. Wagner, Ph.D.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NRG Oncology NCORP Research Base
Deborah W. Bruner, R.N., Ph.D.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SWOG NCORP Research Base
Charles D. Blanke, M.D., B.S.
Portland, Oregon

University of Rochester NCORP Research Base
Gary R. Morrow, Ph.D., M.S.
Rochester, New York

Wake Forest NCORP Research Base
Glenn J. Lesser, M.D., B.A.
Winston Salem, North Carolina


This broad-based research consortium links us with the most current research activities in the area of cancer treatment and prevention around the country. To find out more about the consortium, please visit the NCORP Website.