Center for Research & Analytics (CENTRA)

The ASCO Center for Research and Analytics (CENTRA) serves as the hub of ASCO research activities to conduct, enable, and define standards for oncology research. CENTRA aims to make an assortment of ASCO-developed cancer data available to the oncology community for research purposes.


To conquer cancer by generating, integrating, analyzing, and sharing oncology data to foster innovation in research and patient care.


A world where evidence drives innovation in cancer care, informs policy, and improves patient outcomes.

CENTRA's goals are to:

  • Facilitate access to ASCO data assets under the terms of ASCO’s data sharing policies;  
  • Provide statistical oversight and research design consultation for ASCO research projects, including the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR™) Study;  
  • Develop resources and tools to support members’ engagement in research through the Research Community Forum;
  • Explore challenges and opportunities in today’s oncology delivery through the State of Cancer Care in America series; and  
  • Issue statements and organize meetings related to research design and clinical research efficiency. 


CENTRA Research Events

ASCO routinely collaborates with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on research-related workshops. The purpose of these events is to provide a venue for multiple stakeholders to discuss emerging and/or pressing issues in oncology research.


FDA-ASCO Clinical Outcomes Assessments in Cancer Clinical Trials Workshop – July 12, 2019 

  • ASCO and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will bring together international regulators, payers, industry, academia, and patients for a workshop aimed at advancing the science of clinical outcome assessments – measuring how patients feel and function. 
  • Read the ASCO in Action post

FDA-ASCO-Friends of Cancer Research Workshop: Development of Tissue-Agnostic, Biomarker-Based Indications – April 26, 2019 

  • This workshop explored concepts in research and development (R&D) that could help the research community and regulators understand how to optimize product development and patient access to safe and effective biomarker-driven therapies that have clinical use across a variety of cancer types. 


FDA-ASCO Clinical Outcomes Assessments in Cancer Clinical Trials Workshop – June 22, 2018 /p>

  • This workshop addressed topics beyond the standard assessment endpoints of survival and tumor measurements, including improving methods to quantify how patients experience symptoms and the impact on physical functional outcomes and health-related quality of life.


FDA-ASCO Public Workshop: Geriatric Oncology – November 6, 2017

Assessment of Cardiovascular Toxicities in Immuno-oncology Trials - December 1, 2017

  • The focus of the workshop was to identify best practices to assess cardiovascular and metabolic toxicities in patients receiving cancer immunotherapies.

Random Quote

"I value the broad exposure ASCO affords my specialty throughout the oncology world. All of us have the opportunity to learn about the latest advances in our field and to broadly share our own research."
Clifford Hudis, MD, FASCO