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The primary responsibility of a National Cancer Institute-designated 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.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center has four established scientific Research Programs and one in development that work together to accomplish the Center’s mission to prevent and cure cancer:
The University of Arizona Cancer Center also has additional research initiatives and developing research programs:
These research programs and developing research programs collaborate concerning a breadth of issues from benchtop to bedside involving translational and clinical research with a major emphasis on discovery. Furthermore, these 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.