Research Programs

The overarching goal of the UF Health Cancer Center is to improve cancer outcomes. We will accomplish this, in part, by promoting research in cancer mechanisms, developing and conducting interventional clinical trials addressing the most prevalent cancers that affect our patients and improving our understanding of the determinants of cancer outcomes in rural, underserved and elderly patients. We are committed to interdisciplinary basic discovery and translational research, and the pursuit of scientific endeavors that have near-term clinical applications. The research priorities of the Cancer Center cut across and align with our three research programs:


Cancer Control and Population Sciences

To reduce the cancer-related burden within the Cancer Center catchment area by conducting research to improve cancer prevention, treatment, symptom management and palliative care.

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Cancer Therapeutics and Host Response

To identify pathways of vulnerability within tumor cells and the microbiome for which targeted therapeutics may improve treatment outcomes in patients with cancer.

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Mechanisms of Oncogenesis

To identify and understand cellular pathways that are dysregulated during neoplastic transformation and to develop methodologies to target these cancer-specific signaling events.

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