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.
Why research at MD Anderson
patents awarded to MD Anderson
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MD Anderson's FY21 annual report highlights the impactful research being conducted here, as well as how the organization is continuing its forward momentum in 2022 and beyond.View more MD Anderson quick facts
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.
Leaps of faith
Meet our cancer researchers
MD Anderson faculty focus on a variety of research topics that contribute to our goal of ending cancer.
How collaboration drives MD Anderson research
Immunology researcher Michael Curran, Ph.D., credits MD Anderson's collaborative culture with allowing his lab's discoveries to reach patients faster. Curran's lab has already seen several of its discoveries studied in clinical trials, and Curran worked with clinical colleagues on an upcoming trial examining ways to make radiation therapy a better activator of the immune system.
"Here, when you find a colleague with a similar interest, the instinct is to work together. We combine forces. I’ve had some great experiences with 50/50-type projects that would’ve been hard to accomplish alone," Curran says.