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Leading the nation’s cancer advancements through research

Massey's nationally recognized research programs comprises nearly 150 research members discovering and developing a future without cancer.

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One of the Nation’s leading cancer research centers

Massey Cancer Center is proud to be your local National Cancer institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. As one of just two centers in Virginia with this distinction, Massey is at the forefront of the nation’s cancer research efforts. This designation has been held since 1975, and enables eligibility for subsequent federal funding, information-sharing and resources reserved for the most elite institutions that demonstrate superior research capabilities.

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Preeminent research programs

Massey research members conduct cutting-edge research and lead collaborative initiatives through one of three scientific research programs.

Cancer Biology

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

Developmental Therapeutics

Discovering, developing and evaluating novel, small molecules and biologics through clinical trials

Cancer Prevention & Control

Advancing cancer risk identification and mitigation as well as improved approaches to survivorship
Research events

Research events

Massey sponsors a range of research events for trainees and researchers.
Intramural funding

Intramural funding

Explore intramural funding opportunities for novel cancer-related research concepts.
Shared resources

Shared resources

Shared resources support the extensive cancer research portfolio of Massey scientists.

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Massey awards new round of pilot grants for early-career cancer investigators

Sep 23, 2022

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently awarded a total of $200,000 to five early-career cancer researchers through its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society (ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to junior inves...

Community engagement, Research

Virginia’s native tribes drive Massey efforts to eliminate disparities

Sep 19, 2022

Panelists at the Sovereign Nations of Virginia Conference shared negative impacts their native tribes are experiencing related to land, the climate and other issues. Listening in the audience were members of the VCU Massey Cancer Center team, poised ...