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Leading the nation’s cancer advancements

Massey's world-class research programs are supported by more than 250 research members discovering and developing a future without cancer.

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Discovering better ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and control cancer

Since 1975, VCU Massey Cancer Center has conducted lifesaving research with prestigious designation from the National Cancer Institute. NCI designation means that we are helping lead the nation’s progress against cancer. Like NCI, our mission is to eliminate the suffering and death caused by cancer.

Preeminent research programs

Harnessing our research members’ intellectual curiosity and scientific expertise, we have three core programs through which they collaborate to conduct cancer research:

Cancer Biology

Unravelling the causes of the growth and spread of cancer and identifying key interactions between tumors and their microenvironment.

Cancer Prevention & Control

Enhancing quality of life through the prevention, detection, treatment and control of cancer.

Developmental Therapeutics

Discovering new insights into the mechanisms of new and established anti-cancer agents.

Shared resources

Shared Resources are essential to support the extensive research portfolio of Massey scientists. Cores commonly supporting Massey research include:

Bioinformatics Shared Resource

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Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR)

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Cancer Informatics Core (CIC)

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Cancer Mouse Models (CMMC)

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Flow Cytometry Shared Resource (FCSR)

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Health Communication and Digital Innovation (HCDI)

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Microscopy Shared Resource (MSR)

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Proteomics Shared Resource (PSR)

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Tissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core (TDAAC)

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Transgenic/Knock-out Mouse Core (TG/KO)

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VCU Lipidomics/Metabolomics Core (VLMC)

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VCU Core Laboratories

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Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D.

Jennifer Jordan, Ph.D.

“The goal of our research is preventing today’s cancer patient from becoming tomorrow’s heart failure patient.”

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Upcoming events for researchers

Upcoming events for researchers

Massey sponsors a range of educational lectures, events and conferences for Massey researchers.

Research funding opportunities

Research funding opportunities

Competitive funding opportunities are available through both intramural and extramural sources.

Research Administration

Massey strives to provide outstanding administrative management, fiscal oversight and business services that support the center’s director, associate directors, research program leaders, shared resource directors and research members to achieve our overall research mission.

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