Outlines of J-SUPPORT Bylaws

1. Definition

 The Japan Supportive, Palliative and Psychosocial Oncology Group, J-SUPPORT, is a multicenter clinical research group that supports research that has been approved in accordance with the Policy and bylaws of J-SUPPORT, among research groups supported by public and private research funds.

2. Scope and Mission

2.1 Scope

 The scope of J-SUPPORT is to establish supportive care in oncology, a field that is not yet actively managed from a global standpoint, by conducting research activities that promote the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based supportive care, through the development of novel therapeutic drugs and the assessment of standard treatment, the investigation of support programs suited to Japanese culture and systems, and the assessment of needs for supportive care in Japan.

2.2 Mission

 The mission of J-SUPPORT is to improve and maintain the quality of life (QOL) of cancer patients and their families and to establish a system for providing supportive care to achieve this goal through the activities below.

  • Supporting research right from the start of planning
  • Providing inter-researcher networking and bridge-building opportunities
  • Performing high-quality research
  • Providing research resources for quality improvement
  • Proposing QOL scales and outcome indicators
  • Promoting the effective introduction and implementation of supportive care
  • Assessing the current status and proposing novel research topics

3. Basic Principles and Policies

3.1 Basic principles

 To ensure ethics, scientific principles, and reliability, all research activities at J-SUPPORT are conducted in compliance with the General Principles for Medical Research, stated in the Declaration of Helsinki by the World Medical Association, the ethical principles issued by relevant government ministries and agencies, and applicable laws and guidelines.

3.2 Basic policies

 The operation of J-SUPPORT conforms to the following:

  • All Japan
    Use resources discovered or developed in Japan without being restricted to existing organizations
  • Bridging-building and optimization
    Optimize small-scale research through bridge-building techniques at conceptualization
  • Cooperation
    Ensure positive research outcomes through cooperation with other research groups, without clinging to individual interests, and work to the fullest for patients and their families across Japan.
  • Dialogue and diversity
    Make utmost efforts to develop supportive care, including numerous conversations with concerned parties while respecting differences in communities, groups, and facilities.

4. Organizational Structure

4.1 Organizational chart of J-SUPPORT

The organizational structure of J-SUPPORT is shown below (as of February 19, 2016).

4.2 Research area

 (As of February 19, 2016)

4.3 J-SUPPORT members

 J-SUPPORT members are defined as researchers in supportive care who agree with the scope and mission of J-SUPPORT, had applied for the membership as indicated, and were consequently approved by the Executive Committee. To apply for J-SUPPORT membership, applicants should belong to at least one research group and agree to have the Administrative Office register the name and information of each researcher and use them for exchanging information and networking among members.