ECRI brings together several strong, well established, and successful cancer research groups that exist at JHCC/JCC and McMaster University, in addition to a relatively new and emerging translational research group.  This shared scientific environment provides an opportunity for new and innovative research approaches, creates a dynamic interdisciplinary environment attractive to a wide range of research trainees, and supports a more efficient use of shared research resources and infrastructure.  The Institute builds on the strong tradition of clinical research and the integration of research and clinical care.