Integrated vision of multidisciplinary research. Enhanced integration and utilisation of the vast amount of clinical and experimental observations relating to breast cancer is urgently required. Clinical observations generate hypotheses relating to the origins of cancer, its underlying molecular pathology and potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited for therapeutic benefit. Such insights provide opportunities for testing and validation in in vitro, in vivo and in silico models. Drug discovery aims to provide inhibitors of major oncogenic ‘drivers’ for use singly or in combination with conventional therapies; such personalised medicine requires the co-development of predictive and pharmacodynamic biomarkers of response. Results from preclinical therapy studies and clinical trials should be fed back into searchable databases to reveal reasons for treatment failure and allow new strategies to be tested and deployed. Based on a figure provided courtesy of Professor William Gallagher, with thanks to Professor Walter Kolch (UCD Conway Institute).