Collaborative Research Groups

CCF has formed collaborative groups that work to achieve its mission to find a cure and improve the quality of life for cholangiocarcinoma patients. Each of them exemplify the organization’s core values:

Patients First




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The Scientific and Medical Advisory Board (SMAB) accelerates collaboration between the scientific and medical communities and the CCF community. Members of the international board include the leading scientists, researchers and clinicians active in the education, treatment, clinical and basic research around cholangiocarcinoma.


The Nursing Advisory Board (NAB) is composed of nursing and allied health professionals practicing in cancer research centers throughout the US and UK with expertise in care of patients with cholangiocarcinoma. Its goal is to advance the scientific knowledge of the symptom experience and quality of life of patients with cholangiocarcinoma.


The Industry Council (IC) provides a collaborative forum for ongoing engagement to help build stronger partnerships on areas of mutual interest. The Foundation appreciates the ongoing commitment, engagement and support of our colleagues in industry who share our passion for addressing the unmet needs of cholangiocarcinoma patients. We are grateful for the increasing level of interest in this disease among so many companies in this robust therapy development environment.


The International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network (ICRN) is a global collaboration of research groups from renowned institutions who are working in concert to improve knowledge about cholangiocarcinoma etiology, prevention, early detection, treatment, and prognosis. The network is global leaders from a spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and research methods who share a passion to make significant scientific advances to improve outcomes for patients with cholangiocarcinoma.


The Cure Cholangiocarcinoma Think Tank (C2T2) is not a typical academic conference or symposium designed around a series of didactic talks, data sharing, and discussions around broad themes. The multi-disciplinary group of experts meet to develop specific research proposals designed to answer concrete questions and advance near-term impact on patients. Because of the leadership of the Foundation and key donors, there is funding support available for the projects that are developed and prioritized by the group.