The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins is among seven medical institutions that will share genome research on tumors in hopes that it will help find better treatments.
Under an inititiave announced Wednesday by the American Association for Cancer Research called Project GENIE, the Sidney Kimmel center will contribute any research into a computer database that can be accessed by the other participating institutions.
"We hope to improve treatment and learn from each other's experiences," said Dr. Victor Velculescu with the Sidney Kimmel center.
Thousands of patients have their tumors examined each year, but the data is limited to the institution where the procedure was done.
Other medical institutions will eventually be able to join the project.
The other current participating institutions are: The Center For Personalized Cancer Treatment, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Institut Gustave Roussy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Part of the problem with tumor research is there aren't enough patients, particularly those with rare tumors or rare genetic variants, at an individual institution to generate enough data, the American Association for Cancer Research said in a blog post.
The database held nearly 15,000 genomic records as of its Friday launch.