Meet our Steering Committee

Program Objectives

Illinois researchers are making strides to improve cancer detection, prevention, diagnosis, therapy, and quality of life. The Cancer Community @ Illinois provides resources to access cancer-related activities across campus and nucleate new programs and activities to advance cancer research progress.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Illinois and in the U.S. With growing strength in cancer-related sciences and recent progress in basic research and technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is poised to play an important and unique role in addressing the cancer burden in Illinois and beyond.

Illinois Expertise

Molecular Mechanisms

Molecular expression, signal transduction, and cell proliferation by hormones and growth factors; mechanisms of hormone and antihormone action in normal and cancer cells

Diagnostic Technologies and Imaging

Imaging, including ultrasound, MRI and optical, automated histopathology, microenvironment, and contrast agents

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Population health

Computational and Precision Medicine

Medical imaging, point-of-care sensing, bioinformatics, genomics, and computational biology

Impact and Innovation

Leveraging campus research, education, outreach, and economic development resources for collective success

  • Focus campus attention on cancer—Build an environment that enables faculty, staff, and students to achieve goals in this area
  • Catalyze large projects specifically focused on applying advanced science and technology to cancer—Bring together unique strengths on campus to mount challenges that are greater than individual efforts; outcomes include program project grants and training programs and development of centers and larger projects
  • Use strengths in science and technology to make cancer care accessible—Cater to socially and economically underserved populations and address cancer research and care disparities
  • Contribute to social and economic development in cancer-related areas—Work with cancer-specific external companies or agencies and develop a culture among undergraduate and graduate students to think of innovative solutions
  • Improve multidisciplinary ties on campus to impact both research and education while forming needed alliances with external partners

Campus-Wide Collaboration

Facilitating cancer breakthroughs at the campus for our community

  • Provide coordination of cross-campus cancer-related actives and collaborations across education, research, and public engagement
  • Offer integrated grant support for health-related, cancer-specific program projects, and center, foundation, and training grants
  • Provide access to the biostatistics core, computational facilities, tissue bank, and seed funding opportunities