Our scientists seek to improve the lives of all cancer patients by solving important, challenging and neglected problems in cancer research.

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Principal Investigators

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Labs / Branches / Programs

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Research Overview

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is the basic, translational and clinical intramural research program (IRP) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Our researchers work in a distinctive environment to support our mission:

  • Intellectual freedom to pursue the most important problems in cancer research and treatment.
  • Stable funding to enable research that requires a long-time horizon and in areas of high risk and unmet needs.
  • A diverse institutional culture that is highly collaborative.
  • Access to broad clinical trial support resources and plentiful research beds at the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest dedicated research hospital.
  • More than 40 cutting edge technical facilities and cores accessible to all CCR researchers at no or subsidized cost.
  • Partnerships with academic institutions, commercial entities and patient advocacy groups.

Highlighted Research Areas

Special Initiatives and Programs

CCR has established several programs to address specific areas of cancer research.

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Our Landmark Discoveries Over the Years

Looking Forward

Our scientists are unlocking the mysteries of cancer and discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it.

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The Center for Cancer Research is on a journey to discover new knowledge and new treatments for cancer.

In this collection, we highlight several areas of investigation likely to shape future research conducted in CCR.