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Research Overview

Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has a strong commitment to basic, clinical and epidemiological cancer research from the laboratory bench to the bedside. Our scientists and clinicians work at the leading-edge of cancer research, developing and applying innovative technologies, therapuetics and treatment modalities to improve care and outcomes for our patients.

Research Programs

Our research efforts are organized in four research programs, which serves to foster interactions and collaborations within specific themes. Cancer center members are usually affiliated with one program but work with collaborators from different programs in multi-disciplinary groups.

Disease-Oriented Teams

Many of our multidisciplinary groups focus their efforts on a particular disease site, four of which have been formalized into Disease Oriented Teams. The goal of each is to bring basic, clinical and epidemiological cancer researchers, scientists and clinicians together with the common objective of translating discovery research into clinical therapies and treatments for patients.

Clinical Trials and Clinical Research

Clinical trials and clinical research are cornerstones of a comprehensive cancer center. Clinical trials are the ultimate proving ground for new therapeutics and treatments. We have an active and diverse clinical trials program, which is coordinated through our Clinical Research Office. By participating in clinical trials, patients gain access to the most advanced therapeutics, treatments and approaches. This serves to improve the treatment and care of other cancer patients now and in the future.

Shared Resources

To support the efforts of our researchers, scientists and clinicians, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center provides infrastructure, funding and oversight to seven Shared Resource Facilities. These facilities provide centralized essential services, innovative technologies and valuable consultation to enhance the impact of our cancer research and clinical trials. These shared resources are also accessible to researchers in the broader UC Irvine community and thus facilitate and contribute to research excellence across the university.