Comprehensive Center for the Advancement of Scientific Strategies (COMPASS)
As a program within the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, COMPASS has been directing multi-center studies in public health research for nearly 30 years.
The COMPASS organization grew out of our experience establishing and coordinating the Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET), a multi-center lung cancer prevention trial that began in 1983. Since that time, we have expanded and now manage several large-scale research networks and studies and have been involved in numerous smaller collaborations.
Our Mission: COMPASS promotes scientific excellence in research aimed at eliminating cancer and other diseases of public health importance by providing state-of-the-art study coordination, communication and statistical analysis services to scientific investigators.
COMPASS fulfills its mission by:
- pursuing scientific excellence and innovation in the conduct of research studies
- attracting and retaining the highest quality faculty, management, and staff
- maintaining a dynamic organizational structure capable of sustaining multiple studies
- promoting mutual respect, teamwork, and open sharing of ideas
- providing full-spectrum operational support for research
- fostering innovative science and accelerated outcomes by bringing together diverse teams across multiple disciplines