Research Saves Lives

Basic research at the CU Cancer Center is led by a strong group of senior investigators with international reputations and extensive federal grant support. Our basic scientists strive to better understand the fundamental cell activity that leads to cancer. They work closely with our clinical researchers to translate laboratory findings into drugs, therapies and techniques that can be applied to people. Our clinical researchers then enroll patients in clinical trials to test these new treatments in cancer research studies. The result of this collaboration is a host of promising new techniques to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer.

The CU Cancer Center offers cancer research facilities that are unparalleled in the Rocky Mountain region. Our 11 Shared Resources provide equipment and expertise to all consortium members that would otherwise be too expensive for cancer investigators to develop in their individual labs. 

At the CU Cancer Center our four research programs are comprised of senior investigators in basic science, clinical translational research and cancer prevention and control who collaborate to develop promising techniques to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer.

The CU Cancer Center was established in 1988. Our 400+ members are renowned scientists and clinicians from across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region who are interested in collaborating with others to understand the basic mechanisms of cancer, discover and create new tests, treatments and therapies, design and participate in clinical trials and pursue solutions for preventing and controlling cancer in our community and across the world.

The Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) is a unique research partnership among North America’s top cancer centers that recognize collaboration and access to data are the keys to cancer discovery.