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University of Arizona Cancer Center

Tucson, AZ. Team Draft will visit the University of Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona.
Founded in 1976 as a Division of The University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, the University of Arizona Cancer Center is a Center of Excellence in the Arizona Health Sciences Center. In 1990, The University of Arizona Cancer Center was designated as one of the first comprehensive cancer centers by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona.

Academic/Research Programs
The primary responsibility of an NCI comprehensive cancer center is to conduct research that will lead to the reduction of cancer morbidity and mortality. A framework for this research consists of focusing upon the molecular and cellular mechanisms of oncogenesis. Molecular mechanisms emphasize genetic, epigenetic, and signaling mechanisms, while cellular mechanisms emphasize the biology of invasion and metastasis, as well as stromal-cellular interactions. With the primacy of this research mission in mind, the research programs and core services constitute a bedrock of The University of Arizona Cancer Center. Overall, The University of Arizona Cancer Center has four scientific research programs that work together to accomplish the Center’s mission to prevent and cure cancer:

Cancer Biology;

Cancer Imaging;

Cancer Prevention and Control;

Therapeutic Development;

These research programs collaborate concerning a breadth of issues from benchtop to bedside involving transnational and clinical research with a major emphasis on discovery. Furthermore, the programs also focus on the development and delivery of novel treatments to reduce the morbidity and mortality of cancer in the Southwest and across the nation.

The University of Arizona Cancer Center provides an essential forum to foster outstanding basic and clinical transnational research, interdisciplinary collaboration, education, training and internal and external peer review. The infrastructure of the research program support is established by 13 shared services to support our research, education and training mission: Analytical Core; Behavioral Measurements; Informatics/Bioinformatics; Biometry; Imaging Core; Clinical Research; Experimental Mouse; Experimental Radiation; Flow Cytometry; Genomics; Proteomics; Synthetic Chemistry & Molecular Modeling; and Tissue Acquisition, Cell and Molecular Analysis.

The extensive research portfolio of The University of Arizona Cancer Center includes more than $50 million in annual research funding, including three large NCI interdisciplinary programs and collaborative research grants, and two Special Programs of Research Excellence, one in gastrointestinal cancers and one in lymphoma.

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