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Universal cancer databank

A 100 per cent philanthropic global databank that accelerates collaboration and research across all cancers, and aims to underpin the next generation of cancer cures.


Cancer patients hold the key to a cure in their medical data. The Universal Cancer Databank (UCD) project aims to bring together data from enormously diverse data sets, locations, and systems, enabling free access to patients and researchers from around the world.  These rich sources of data will contribute to searchable, clinical, scientific, outcome and genomic data in the hope of facilitating the discovery of new cancer therapies and cures.

How it works

By leveraging a growing suite of technical capabilities, the UCD facilitates the sharing of independent, complex data sets amongst different end users. Researchers can connect vast amounts of data to perform analysis, develop and test hypotheses, and advance our understanding of cancer, while patients are given an opportunity to partner with researchers worldwide to advance the understanding of their cancer.

Why this matters

Cancer institutions and research centers across the world produce vast amounts of patient data – from genomics to treatment outcomes – and this data sits in silos, failing to be utilized to its full scientific value. The cure to cancer lies in global collaboration, and that requires these data sources to come together as never before. The UCD equips the global cancer community with the tools and resources to facilitate greater collaboration, eliminate data silos, and drive the development of new therapies for patients.

Sign the pledge to share your medical data

Donate data to the Brain Cancer Project

Our targets
  • A foundation for the core UCD dataset is our Brain Cancer Project, a project under the aegis of Count Me In (a collaboration with Emerson Collective and The Broad Institute). The Brain Cancer Project empowers patients to donate their clinical and genomic data to the research community.
  • The UCD will also feature datasets from our other collaborative projects, such as the DIPG Project.

Project members

Steve Burnell
Director, Collaborate Against Cancer
Kim Carter
Project Lead