NCI Research Programs

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UNM Cancer Center scientists are working diligently every day to discover the causes and cures for cancer. As the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and the Official Cancer Center of the State of New Mexico, the UNM Cancer Center is committed to fighting cancer on all fronts. Our researchers have been recruited from outstanding institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and are supported by over $ 77 million in federal and private funding every year.

Our Programs

The UNM Cancer Center’s team of 132 researchers is making significant progress in developing new cancer drugs, genome sequencing, cancer prevention and cell signaling. Our scientists are clustered into four National Cancer Institute (NCI) research programs:

Cancer Control

Cancer Genetics, Epigenetics & Genomics

Translational Cancer Biology & Signaling

Cancer Therapeutics: Technology, Discovery & Targeted Delivery

Collaborating for Greater Impact

New Mexico is rich with scientific and technological capabilities. Our researchers take advantage of the nearby resources by combining regional scientific strengths into our programs. UNM Cancer Center investigators regularly collaborate with scientists from our consortium partners, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute; and with scientists at New Mexico State University. These collaborations provide important insights and help to unlock some of cancer's most challenging questions.

Translating Knowledge

Many patients treated at the UNM Cancer Center participate in cancer clinical trials, which include prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment trials. Nearly twenty percent of patients enroll in therapeutic studies. Learn about our clinical trials.