Cancer: Neuroblastoma
Consortium: International Neuroblastoma Risk Group (INRG)
Headquarters: University of Chicago
Consortium Manager: Suzi Birz,

Flags of Canada, EU, Japan, UK, and USAThe INRG task force has established a database containing information on over 22,000 children with neuroblastoma from around the world. These data are available to investigators from around the world for data mining studies, and significant discoveries have already been made using this unique resource.

The patient data included in this database comes from cooperative groups: Children’s Oncology Group (COG), Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Onkologie und Hämatologie (GPOH), Neuroblastoma Committee of Japan Children’s Cancer Group (JCCG), Japanese Infantile Neuroblastoma Co-operative Study Group (JINCS), and Society of Paediatric Oncology Europe Neuroblastoma Group (SIOPEN). The amount of data continues to expand, as the cooperative groups have agreed to update existing patient data and add new patient data once clinical trials are completed and the objectives of the trial are published. In addition, efforts to add data on patients with relapsed disease as well as new genomic data including ALK mutations and segmental chromosomal aberrations are ongoing. Radiographic and pathology imaging data will also be uploaded in the future. The architecture housing the database has been transformed to a new web-based system with technology that enables linkage with other databases. This new ecosystem, the INRG Data Commons, has enabled the connection of the phenotype data to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Biopathology Center at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that contains banked neuroblastoma tumor tissue from COG patients. Links to genomic data in GEO and TARGET have also been established. Thus, in addition to clinical information, investigators are now able to determine if banked tumor tissue or genomic data are available for research studies on specific cohorts of patients. We anticipate that the INRG Data Commons will facilitate international, multi-institutional, interdisciplinary research in childhood neuroblastoma, advance our understanding of the pathogenesis of this neoplasm, and ultimately lead to the development of more effective treatment strategies for children with neuroblastoma.

Related work: NCI Di-Cubed Data Integration

Information for Researchers

Cohort Discovery Tool: Log in to the PCDC Data Portal

Data Dictionary: Neuroblastoma Data Dictionary

Project Requests:
Project Proposal Form
Publication Policy

See all past and ongoing INRG research projects here.

Research Contact: If you are looking for a research project or if you have a research project that you are interested in conducting with INRG data, please apply for a project on the INRG website or email

Data Contributors

Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Onkologie und Hämatologie (GPOH)
Neuroblastoma Committee of Japan Children’s Cancer Group (JCCG)
Japanese Infantile Neuroblastoma Co-operative Study Group (JINCS)
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH)
Society of Paediatric Oncology Europe Neuroblastoma Group (SIOPEN)

Executive Committee

Andy PearsonSIOPENUnited Kingdom
Julie ParkCOGUSA
Gudrun SchleiermacherSIOPENFrance
Ro BagatellCOGUSA
Angelika EggertGPOHGermany
Sara FedericoSJCRHUSA
Matthias FischerGPOHGermany
Meredith IrwinCOGCanada
Takehiko KamijoJCCGJapan
Wendy LondonCOGUSA
Kate MatthayCOGUSA
Lucas MorenoSIOPENSpain
Akira NakagawaraJCCGJapan
Sam VolchenboumPCDCUSA

Bolded names indicate Executive Committee co-chairs.