Research at MD Anderson
Research with one goal: end cancer
At MD Anderson, some of the best minds in the world work in partnership with our patients to enable groundbreaking research to better treat and prevent cancer. Here, researchers have the freedom and support to follow a hypothesis and test new theories that can yield breakthroughs that transform the field and the lives of patients. Embedded in the fourth largest U.S. city – and the most ethnically diverse – our teams work with our neighbors in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center, and around the world to advance our science and to serve our patients. From the first spark of an idea to its translation in our world-leading clinics, we remain invested and determined in our collective focus to end cancer.
Departments, Labs and Institutes
MD Anderson has many parts, including departments, labs and institutes, but the sum of those parts is ending cancer. MD Anderson's reach is comprehensive when it comes to eliminating cancer.
Our laboratories cover the full breadth of cancer research. They’re led by some of the leading scientists and physicians in the world.
Scientists from different disciplines come together to focus on a common area in our research institutes.
Lung cancer study
Lung cancer findings
TAMEST research award
Why research at MD Anderson
patents awarded to MD Anderson
patients in clinical trials
invested in research
MD Anderson was awarded more NCI-funded projects than any other U.S. institution in FY22, and that scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated to clinical care.View more MD Anderson quick facts
Meet our cancer researchers
MD Anderson faculty focus on a variety of research topics that contribute to our goal of ending cancer.
Since 1941, MD Anderson has been home to some of the brightest minds across a variety of cancer research areas.
MD Anderson provides research tools and resources to fuel the discoveries of our scientists.
MD Anderson's research and training are aided by more than $168 million in NIH grant funding, which helps power our mission to end cancer.View our NIH award summary
Collaborative research transforms cancer care
From unlocking the secrets of the tumor microenvironment to advancing new therapies to FDA approval, MD Anderson researchers are driven by a shared goal to end cancer. As some of the top minds in the world, their groundbreaking research is shaping the future of the field and transforming cancer care.
These breakthroughs are possible because of MD Anderson’s unique research environment, which allows new insights to move seamlessly from the lab to the clinic and back. This ongoing cycle of innovation and collaboration makes MD Anderson an ideal environment to achieve progress at an unmatched pace.
Here are 22 impactful MD Anderson research accomplishments from this past year.