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Research Programs

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has a distinguished history of scientific excellence, collaboration and impact in basic science, clinical research and cancer control research. Through our focus on team science and research excellence, we aim to be a national leader in prevention, early diagnosis, optimal treatment and survivorship care for those at risk of or affected by cancer. Our mission is to reduce cancer burden and improve cancer outcomes through research, innovation, collaboration, education, outreach and engagement.

Collaboration Leads to Scientific Breakthroughs

Our members, including clinicians, researchers and other scientists, maintain a very collaborative relationship across all areas of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Encompassing members from 42 departments across 8 University of Michigan schools, we are harnessing the power of one of the largest, most robust and highly esteemed research universities in the world to create new knowledge about cancer.

Why support research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Cancer research is an investment in a healthier future. Every dollar devoted to scientific research has the potential to transform the cancer landscape for today's patients as well as tomorrow's.

Although large-scale publicly funded research is essential to advancing medical science, it is private donors who are responsible for planting the seeds of discovery. No institution is more successful in obtaining federal grant funding for cancer research than Michigan. What's behind that success rate? Private donor support. The reality of research funding is that, before even one grant dollar is awarded, investigators need to conduct preliminary studies to confirm that the ideas they are pursuing have merit. That "seed money" comes from private philanthropy. Our track record in leveraging private gifts into grants speaks for itself: on average, one dollar of private support for U-M cancer research generates $20 in grant funding. Learn how your gift can generate this impressive return on investment.

Our Research Portfolio

Cancer Control and Population Sciences

  • Cancer Epidemiology & Prevention
  • Health Behavior & Outcomes

Clinical Research Division

  • Translational & Clinical Research

Basic Science Division

  • Cancer Hematopoiesis and Immunology
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Cancer Biology
  • Developmental Therapeutics

SPORE Programs:

In addition to our established and developing research programs, the Cancer Center has been awarded three Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants by the National Cancer Institute. Through its involvement in the Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration (SARC), U-M plays a key role in a fourth SPORE in sarcoma. Only a select number of SPORE grants are awarded to investigative groups at the nation's top institutions. Funding associated with these prestigious and comprehensive programs supports both basic and clinical research focusing on prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of specific cancers.

Updated 06.2017

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