The goal of basic science research is to understand normal biological processes in healthy cells and to uncover how these processes malfunction in cancer. At MD Anderson, our research groups span the full spectrum of disciplines: from genetics/genomics to immunology, from cell biology to structural biology, and from biochemistry to quantitative sciences. There isn’t a facet of basic cancer research that our investigators do not pursue.
With basic research fueling many of our discoveries, MD Anderson is committed to taking the best science and moving it to the bedside. Translational researchers provide this first step by validating what has been discovered in animal models and in vitro studies and seeing if the same processes apply in humans. MD Anderson is one of very few cancer centers where the opportunity to interact with clinicians and obtain patient samples to do this kind of research is not just possible—but facilitated by leaders in both our research and clinical enterprises.
MD Anderson is home to one of the largest programs of interventional clinical trials in oncology. Whether its early detection and treatment, personalized medicine, or immunotherapy, clinical research is what takes our discoveries over the finish line and is key to achieving our mission of Making Cancer History®.
Prevention & Personalized Risk Assessment
Prevention is a key pillar of our mission to eliminate cancer. Our Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences is home to one of the largest and most developed cancer prevention programs in the world. Learn how we engage the community in research, education, and clinical care with our programs in prevention and personalized risk assessment.
Moon Shots Program
MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program® aims to accelerate the translation of research findings into effective treatment options and prevention strategies. Anchored by ten different platforms that provide research infrastructure, we bring interdisciplinary science and innovative thinking to target 13 different cancers.Learn more about the Moon Shots Program