University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Research

Since 1973, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has emerged as a major regional and national leader in cancer research, including cancer etiology, prevention, treatment, and survivorship. Building upon strengths in basic, clinical and population-based research, the Cancer Center's members have developed strong, peer-reviewed funded research programs focused on cancers that impact our catchment area of Los Angeles County. Cancer Center members currently hold research and training grants totaling $120 million in direct costs.

Programs
The more than 200 members are organized into five transdisciplinary research programs, including Genomic and Epigenomic Regulation, Tumor Microenvironment, Translational and Clinical Sciences, Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Control Research. These programs interface with disease-oriented clinical programs such as women's cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, thoracic cancers, skin cancers, brain cancers and others. More details about the research programs at USC Norris can be found at the links below.

Tumor Microenvironment Program
Cancer Epidemiology Program
Cancer Control Research Program
Translational and Clinical Sciences Program
Genomic and Epigenomic Regulation

Under the transdisciplinary research model, physicians, epidemiologists, biologists, engineers, and behavioral scientists work together and apply their knowledge to address specific cancer problems and change the paradigm of cancer prevention and cancer care.

For example, clinicians interested in the treatment of breast cancer, epidemiologists and geneticists studying its cause, and biochemists investigating hormonal therapies that modulate breast cancer cells in the laboratory all work in concert at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.