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Institute for Basic Science

Goal: $75 million

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The goal of basic laboratory research in cancer is to understand how normal cells work and what happens when cancer develops. MD Anderson’s outstanding record of basic research achievements feeds directly into clinical research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

To capitalize on recent discoveries and new technologies, MD Anderson will integrate faculty into several basic science research centers of excellence that target areas most critical to advancing knowledge about cancer: cancer genetics and genomics, epigenetics, stem cell and developmental biology, biomolecular structure and function, environmental and molecular carcinogenesis, biological pathways and inflammation.

Uniting these promising avenues of research in the Institute for Basic Science will improve collaboration and innovation. Plans are to recruit several internationally recognized scientists who will strengthen or lead new basic research centers and promote their success in making major scientific discoveries.

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