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Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery

The end of cancer begins here

The Forbes family with Max Wicha, MD in front of the Institute “Defeating cancer will take victors to move the process along and continue the fight toward conquering this dreadful disease. There is no better place to lead this fight, than the University of Michigan.”

– Sidney Forbes


The institute encourages scientists across the university to undertake high-risk, high-reward initiatives with the potential to drive new advances in cancer research. The intent is to fuel rapid development of innovative technology and new therapies, bringing better, more targeted treatments to the 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer each year.

“There are very few big problems in this world that can be solved by single, disciplines and when our faculty aspire to take them on, I want them to have the freedom and the support necessary to achieve those ambitions. We certainly have the talent and the track record to do that. … We are uniquely qualified and, I believe, empowered to solve these big problems."

– University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.

The Forbes Institute continues a hallmark of the Cancer Center by fostering collaboration across the university. Cancer Center members come from 48 university departments across nine schools, demonstrating a breadth of interdisciplinary collaboration not seen elsewhere.

The Forbes Scholars program provides grants to senior investigators as well as to junior faculty. Team science awards will encourage innovative discovery by multidisciplinary teams.

The institute will also facilitate the development of new technologies such as single cell genomics, which will hasten cancer drug development and personalized oncology.

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