In the past years CTO has worked, and continues to work, with a range of health charities and patient organizations interested in clinical trials. For example, CTO has hosted events to better understand what types of resources would be helpful for these organizations; is developing a survey to explore attitudes and perceptions about clinical trials; is helping these organizations to share their own resources and tools related to clinical trials with each other; and, has invited individuals from these organizations to present at CTO’s annual conference on clinical trials.

These organizations share information provided by CTO with their stakeholder groups, which may include opportunities to: collaborate in research projects; apply to become a community representative on a research ethics board or part of an advisory group; attend conferences or events related to research and clinical trials; and, learn about new resources that have been created about clinical trials.

As mentioned above, CTO is currently working with health charities and patient organizations to help understand attitudes and perceptions about clinical trials within their own communities. By developing and hosting a survey in collaboration with these organizations and with expertise from the Ottawa Health Research Institute, we hope to learn more about the kind of information and resources that people feel would be helpful about clinical trials. If you are interested in learning more about our efforts related to this survey, please contact us at

The organizations listed below are some of those that CTO has worked with collaboratively that have agreed to share their information here. If your organization would like to collaborate with CTO, please contact us at


Some of the organizations CTO works with include:

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

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Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is the only national charity offering information and support to patients affected by any kind of brain tumour – be it cancerous, non-malignant or metastases. The organization funds ground-breaking research across North America and, since 1982, has dedicated over $6.2 million to finding a cure and improving treatment for brain tumour survivors. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is funded solely through generous contributions from individuals, corporations, organizations, employee groups and special events. Learn more at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada’s website.

Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance

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The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA) is a virtual, grass-root, patient-driven organization with members across Canada. CAPA believes the first expert on arthritis is the person who lives with arthritis. CAPA facilitates links between Canadians with arthritis and their support systems through collaboration and partnerships with other organizations, representatives from all levels of government, researchers, and other individuals; and through communicating information on health policy issues, research, technology and emerging issues relevant to members.

 Canadian Breast Cancer Network


The Canadian Breast Cancer Network is Canada’s leading patient-directed breast cancer health charity. We strive to voice the views and concerns of breast cancer patients through education, advocacy activities, and the promotion of information sharing.

 Canadian Cancer Survivor Network


The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network works to increase advocacy and to train patient/survivor advocates to promote and engage in the development of policy for optimal cancer care and follow-up for patients, survivors, their families and communities.

Canadian Skin Patient Alliance


The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance (CSPA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advocate, educate and support Canadians living with skin diseases, conditions and traumas.  Our mission is to promote skin health and improve the quality of life of Canadians living with skin conditions, diseases and traumas.  We advocate for best treatment options for all skin patients; we educate on a variety of issues affecting these patients; and we support the members of our Affiliate organizations who work specifically on their disease areas such as acne, scleroderma, melanoma and psoriasis.

 Cystic Fibrosis Canada


Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and is an internationally-recognized leader in funding CF research, innovation, and clinical care. Since 1960, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has invested more than $253 million in leading research, care and advocacy, resulting in one of the world’s highest survival rates for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis.

 Foundation Fighting Blindness

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Established in 1974, the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is the leading sight-saving charity in Canada dedicated to ending blindness. We support world-class researchers who work to understand, preserve and restore sight for people and families living with blinding eye diseases.

Huntington Society of Canada

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The Huntington Society of Canada aspires to a world free from Huntington disease. The Society maximizes the quality of life of people living with HD by delivering services, furthering research to slow and prevent Huntington disease and enabling others to understand the disease.