ASCO Launches CENTRA, a New Hub for Cancer Care Research, Data, and Analysis

Dr. Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, nationally recognized biostatistician, appointed to lead CENTRA's biostatistics and data management efforts
For immediate release
May 25, 2017


Aaron Tallent

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today announced the launch of its Center for Research & Analytics (CENTRA), which aims to make an array of cancer data available to the oncology community and provide consultation and support for research and analysis. To help guide the program, ASCO has appointed Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, PhD, to serve as ASCO’s Director of Biostatistics and Data Management division.

Through CENTRA, requests can be made for data from ASCO sources, such as ASCO’s quality programs; its annual census of oncology practices; and ASCO Scientific Meeting abstracts and presentations. CENTRA will also facilitate requests for data sets that will become available from ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study. ASCO does not guarantee the fulfillment of requests and all requests will be subject to the review and approval of ASCO.

“ASCO’s growing repository of cancer-related data represents significant untapped potential to improve the delivery of high-quality cancer care,” said ASCO Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO. “With Dr. Garrett-Mayer’s expertise and the research and analytics capabilities we have assembled through CENTRA, our professional community can unlock new insights and fill knowledge gaps that persist in cancer care today.”

Dr. Garrett-Mayer will play a critical role in shaping CENTRA and expanding ASCO’s capabilities in data analysis and research. She joins ASCO from the Medical University of South Carolina, where she served as Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Division Director in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Director of Biostatistics for Hollings Cancer Center. Dr. Garrett-Mayer received her PhD in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Bowdoin College.                                    

Since its founding, ASCO has been committed to helping advance the field of oncology and improve cancer care through the application of high-quality evidence. CENTRA will help analyze and build an evidence base that can help strengthen cancer policies, advance the practice of oncology, and improve cancer care for patients.

ASCO will update the oncology community on how to submit research requests to CENTRA in July of 2017.  

About ASCO: 

Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at, explore patient education resources at www.Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.