June 24, 2013

Thank you for visiting the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research website. Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully before using this website.

1. Terms and Conditions of Use of Site

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research ("OICR") provides this website (the "Site") to you subject to your agreement to and compliance with the terms and conditions of use set forth below (the "Terms and Conditions"). By visiting or otherwise using this Site, including without limitation, accessing, using, and/or downloading messages, information, data, text, video, software or images, or other content from this Site (collectively the "Content"), or sending messages, information, data, text, video, software or images, or other Content to the Site, you agree on your own behalf, and on behalf of any entity on whose behalf you may act, to accept and abide by the Terms and Conditions for each use of and each visit to this Site. If you do not agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions, please do not use this Site.

OICR has the right, in its sole discretion, to add to, remove, modify or otherwise change the Terms and Conditions, in whole or in part, at any time. Please check the Terms and Conditions frequently by checking the date of "Last Updated" at the top of this document to see if there have been any changes that may affect your decision on whether or not to use the Site. If any term, condition or any change thereto is not acceptable to you, you must discontinue your use of this Site immediately. Your continued use of this Site after any such changes are posted will constitute acceptance of those changes. These Terms and Conditions apply exclusively to your use of this Site and do not alter the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with OICR.

OICR may, at any time without notice or liability, and for any reason whatsoever, terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of this Site, including (i) changing the availability of, restricting access to, or imposing limits on any or all features or services on, or links to, the Site; (ii) adding, removing or changing any fees or charges for use of the Site or any features thereof; and (iii) removing, adding, modifying or otherwise changing any Content on this Site. OICR reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to correct any errors or omissions in any portion of this Site at any time without notice, but confirms that it has no duty to do so.

2. Website Privacy Statement

The Website Privacy Statement applies to your use of this website. Please ensure you have read and agree with the Website Privacy Statement. By visiting and using this Site, you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of your Personal Information while visiting the Site.

3. Proprietary Rights

The Site Content is protected by copyright, trademark, and other applicable intellectual property and proprietary rights laws, and is owned, controlled, and/or licensed by OICR and/or its affiliates, or other third-party content providers. Any unauthorized copying, redistribution, reproduction or modification of the Content by any person may be a violation of trademark and/or copyright laws and could subject such person to legal action. Any use of any Content, in whole or in part, without prior written authorization of OICR is strictly prohibited.

You agree to comply with all applicable intellectual property and proprietary rights laws in your use of this Site and to prevent any unauthorized copying of the Content.

4. Restrictions on Site Use

Subject to the Terms and Conditions, you are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sub-licensable, revocable, limited license to display on your computer, print and download and use the content of this Site for informational purposes only and solely for your own non-commercial, personal or internal company use provided you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices. No other use is permitted.

Prohibited uses include, without limitation:

  • reselling any Content;
  • including any Content in or with any product that you create or distribute unless the copyright attribution accompanies such Content;
  • copying any Content onto your own or any other website;
  • removing any proprietary notices or labels on this Site or the Content provided on this Site;
  • plagiarizing the Content on this site or otherwise violating or infringing the Proprietary Rights of OICR or any third party; or
  • using this Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, impair, interfere with the security of, negatively affect the functioning of, or otherwise abuse, this Site or any services, system resources, accounts, servers, networks, or affiliated or linked sites, connected to or accessible through this Site (including without limitation uploading, posting or otherwise transmitting on this Site computer viruses, Trojan horses, worms or other files or computer programs which are potentially harmful, disruptive or destructive or that may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on this Site's infrastructure).

In addition, you agree that you are solely responsible for actions and communications undertaken or transmitted in the course of your use of this Site, and that you will comply with all laws that apply or may apply to your use of or activities on this Site or in respect of the Content. OICR will investigate occurrences which may involve violations of such laws, and may involve, and co-operate with, law enforcement authorities in prosecuting users who are involved in such violations. OICR reserves the right at all times to disclose any information regarding your usage of the Site as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or governmental request.

5. Links to Third Party Websites

Certain links on this Site may take you to other websites. All such other websites are independent from this Site and OICR provides these links as a convenience only.

OICR has no control over, and is not responsible for, the content of any such linked pages. OICR makes no representation or warranty regarding, and does not endorse, any linked websites, the information appearing thereon or any of the products or services described. If you follow these links, you will leave this Site. If you decide to visit any linked site, you do so at your own risk and it is your responsibility to take all protective measures to guard against viruses and other destructive elements. The terms of use and privacy policies applicable to such websites may be different than those applicable to this website. OICR may terminate a link at any time.

OICR welcomes links to this Site. However, you agree that if you want to link to this Site, your website shall not:

  • create frames around any part of this Site or use other techniques that alter the visual presentation of this Site;
  • imply that OICR is endorsing you or any other person, or your or such other person's products or services;
  • imply an affiliation between you or any other person, or your or such other person's products or services, and OICR without the prior written consent of OICR;
  • misrepresent your relationship or that of any other person with OICR or present false, misleading or otherwise damaging information or impressions about OICR or any of its products or services; or
  • contain materials that may be interpreted as distasteful, harmful, offensive, infringing or inaccurate.

You acknowledge and agree that OICR reserves the right to request, at any time and in its sole discretion, that you remove all links or any particular link to the Site or any other OICR website or to a page of the Site or any other OICR website.

6. Disclaimers

This Site is provided on an "as-is, as available" basis. While OICR believes the Content on this Site to be correct, OICR makes no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness or currency of any Content displayed on this Site.

This Site is designed for informational purposes and for event registration only. The Site does not provide medical advice or professional services, and should not be relied upon as such. The information provided on this Site is not intended as a substitute for medical professional help or advice, but is to be used only as an aid in understanding current medical knowledge. A physician should always be consulted for any health problem or question, or medical condition. Use of or reliance on the information displayed on this Site is at your own risk.

7. Limitation of Liability

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL OICR AND ITS RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, MEMBERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY THE "OICR PARTIES") BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, FAILURE TO REALIZE EXPECTED SAVINGS, INTERRUPTION OF ACTIVITIES, OR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY OR ECONOMIC LOSS) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SITE, EVEN IF ANY OF THE PARTIES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY EVENT, THE PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR OTHERWISE, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU TO ACCESS THIS SITE, IF ANY. IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY OICR PARTY BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE. BY USING THE CONTENT, YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY OICR AND ITS CONTENT PROVIDERS FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, LOSS, INJURY, DAMAGES, COSTS AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES) ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE CONTENT.

8. Terms and Conditions Specific to Event Registration

There may be specific terms and conditions posted on the registration pages for an event that are specific to that event. Please check the home page of the event when you register, to see if there are event-specific terms and conditions. OICR uses a third party to process event registration payments. All matters concerning registration payment, including but not limited to purchase terms, payment terms, warranties, guarantees, maintenance and delivery, are solely between you and the third party. You agree that OICR will not be liable for any costs or damages arising out of such payment transactions, either directly or indirectly.

9. General

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws in force in the province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein, and any dispute arising hereunder shall be resolved exclusively by the courts in the province of Ontario.

Website Privacy Statement

Application

This Privacy Statement applies to the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) website. Information collected through this website falls into two categories: aggregate information and personal information.

Collection and Use

Aggregate information is information from which individual user identities or characteristics have been removed. When a user accesses the OICR website, aggregate information is collected automatically in order to better understand website traffic patterns (e.g., total number of visitors, most visited sections, peak traffic times). None of this information is personally identifiable.

Personal information is any information about an identifiable individual. When we collect personal information about you through the website, we do so only if you consent to provide it to us. Specifically, there are three ways we may collect personal information about you:

1) If you register to join our mailing list, we collect your email address in order to send you our publications and information about events;
2) If you send us an inquiry through our website, we only collect your email address in order to respond to you; and
3) If you register for an event, we collect your personal information required to administer that event and to send you information about future events.

You may unsubscribe from receiving any communications from OICR, at any time, by sending a request to: infoatoicr.on.ca or by using the unsubscribe option provided in the email you have received.

Disclosure

OICR will not disclose your personal information other than in the following three situations:

1) When OICR provides event registration services for a third party, OICR will provide your registration information to the relevant event sponsor(s).
2) When OICR uses third parties, including those which may be based in the United States, to administer mailing lists or event-related functions. In such circumstances, we use contractual means to ensure that these third parties protect your personal information in a manner comparable to OICR practices; however where such information is stored or accessed in other countries it may be subject to the laws of those countries.
3) When OICR is required to respond to valid demands or requests from government authorities, courts or law enforcement.

Links

The OICR website may contain links to one or more third party websites. Please note that third party websites are not controlled by OICR, and this Privacy Statement does not apply in regard to any personal information that you provide to third party websites.

Other OICR programs and their privacy practices

OICR is affiliated with a number of programs which have specific policies governing their collection, use or disclosure of personal information. For more information on the information practices of these programs, please follow the relevant link below:

Additional Information

If you would like to learn more about OICR’s commitment to protecting privacy, please see our organizational Privacy Policy. You may also view our Information Practices Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have any questions or concerns about privacy at OICR, please send a written request to:

Attn: Privacy Officer
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
MaRS Centre, South Tower
661 University Avenue, Suite 510
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5G 0A3
Email: privacyatoicr.on.ca

Information Practices Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research? The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is an innovative research institute with a focus on the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is located at the MaRS Centre in downtown Toronto, and collaborates with research partners in Ontario, across Canada, and around the world. OICR is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. OICR’s mandate is:
  • to create a cancer research centre of excellence with a focus on the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer;
  • to create an information network which will provide a single window to data resources for cancer health care professionals, researchers, patients and families in the public;
  • to facilitate recognition of the province of Ontario as a major global address for cancer research by initiating, funding, promoting and stimulating cancer research and innovation in Ontario; and
  • to build innovative programs that will lead to the effective translation of research findings into health care interventions, products and services.
OICR brings together multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, collaborative teams, which allow complex research questions to be pursued and which are able to translate research findings into programs, technologies and therapies. OICR has a number of research programs and technology platforms including the High Impact Clinical Trials Program, the Ontario Health Study, the Informatics and Bio-computing Platform, the International Cancer Genomics Consortium, and the Ontario Tumour Bank. Many of OICR’s research activities involve humans and this research is governed by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). OICR also supports the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB) as an arm’s length program. OCREB is an expert provincial, cancer-specific research ethics board providing centralized scientific and ethical review, and oversight of multi-centre cancer clinical trials. What is the source of OICR’s research data? OICR collects data, including personal health information (PHI), from different sources depending on the research area. OICR collects research data, for example, from facilities such as hospitals, clinics, independent health facilities and laboratories, which are classified under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) as "health information custodians.” What types of data does OICR collect? All data are collected for the purpose of cancer research and are related to cancer, or are collected as part of larger health studies that include cancer-related research. For example, the data may be related to clinical information such as the type of cancer diagnosed, its location, its size, as well as the treatment or services provided. OICR collects data, which may include PHI, specifically for its programs. All data that are in OICR’s custody are handled and stored securely, and confidentiality is protected; any data which are considered to be PHI as defined by Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) are safeguarded accordingly. How does OICR use the data which it collects? OICR uses the information it collects:
  • for research in the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and control of cancer;
  • to build innovative programs that will lead to the effective translation of research findings into health care interventions, products and services; and
  • to study the origins and the progress of cancer.
It also uses the data to provide relevant information to other researchers who use the data to conduct research which will facilitate and improve the provision of health care for cancer patients. OICR reports its findings in research publications and posts information on cancer research in Ontario on its website (http://www.oicr.on.ca). To whom does OICR disclose its data? OICR releases data to researchers who apply to access information that is in the custody of one of the OICR programs, if the research plan meets OICR’s scientific standards and is consistent with OICR’s mission and objectives, and if the researcher has received approval for his/her research from a research ethics board. OICR does not release data that contains PHI with identifiers unless it is required or permitted to do so under PHIPA (for example, to health planning and management entities prescribed by Government). Any PHI that is disclosed must comply with OICR’s Data Use and Disclosure Policy. How can I get access to my information? OICR does not maintain health records and data about an individual may not be identifiable in OICR data holdings. The data held by OICR are only accurate as of the date of collection and only insofar as the institution supplying the data is aware. Therefore, persons requesting access to their data/personal health information will be directed to those who originally collected the information - health information custodians who are directly involved in the care and treatment of patients (for example, the treating physician or other health care provider or hospital where the information was collected). To whom can I speak if I have questions or concerns about OICR’s information practices and privacy program? Questions related to OICR’s information practices or privacy program should be directed to: Attn: Privacy Officer Ontario Institute for Cancer Research MaRS Centre, South Tower 661 University Avenue, Suite 510 Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 0A3 Telephone: 416-977-7599 Email: privacy@oicr.on.ca To whom can I speak if I have further questions about OICR’s information practices and privacy program or if I am not satisfied as a result of my discussion with OICR’s Privacy Officer? Contact the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner at: Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400 Toronto, Ontario Canada M4W 1A8 Telephone: 416-326-3333 or 1-800-387-0073 TDD/TTY: 416-325-7539 To read OICR's Privacy and Confidentiality Policy, click here.

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research conducts research but does not provide medical advice or treatment.

If you are looking for a clinical trial for cancer, please visit the following websites:

www.portfolio.3ctn.ca and www.canadiancancertrials.ca