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Translational Research

Translational Research Expertise at the University of Michigan

At the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, we have taken translational research - moving basic science to clinical application - to a higher level.

Our Translational and Clinical Research (TACR) Program was created to integrate and extend the distinct disease programs by creating the scientific organizational framework to share information and ideas. This translation of discoveries and observations will allow a better understanding of pathways, biomarkers and treatment methods common to multiple diseases. This strong collaboration will then help move the basic scientific knowledge into the clinical application to improve not only the diagnosis and treatment of cancers, but also lead to improved prevention approaches.

Inside the translational research lab

Strength of Collaboration between Scientists and Clinicians

Our research scientists and clinical researchers are searching for unknowns that underpin cancer development. Working in the collaborative research environment at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center – all working toward the same mission – we can move closer to reducing the burden of cancer and improving quality of life. Because we don't know when and where the next new scientific application will surface, improving communication and removing any barriers to translating discoveries is a critical step.

Expertise and Experience of Research Teams

With a top reputation in the cancer field, our University of Michigan research teams work in a culture of collaboration, innovation and teamwork with a foundation of:

  • Integrity
  • Safety
  • Service
  • Compassion
  • Respect

The Ravitz Foundation Translational Research Center

Translational research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center is advancing cancer care through a dedicated commitment to evaluate novel cancer therapies and help move these promising therapies from the laboratory to the clinic. The Ravitz Foundation Translational Research Center brings our teams of faculty physicians, research nurses and data managers, dedicated specifically to the center, together in one location for improved efficiencies and increased collaboration.

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