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Leading the nation’s cancer advancements through research

Massey's nationally recognized research programs comprises more than 140 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

Shared resources

State-of-the-art shared resources provide cost-effective expertise and technology to support Massey’s extensive research portfolio and advance scientific discovery.

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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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.

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Community engagement, Research

Community members drive inaugural Massey Breast Cancer Summit

Apr 22, 2022

On Tuesday, April 19, leaders from VCU Massey Cancer Center converged for the inaugural Breast Cancer Summit. They aimed to engage the community on priorities for research in an effort to close gaps in breast cancer inequities. “The importance of a ...