Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Tomorrow's cancer treatments and prevention strategies often begin in the labs of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers. Our members are dedicated to working together as a team to discover new approaches for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's eight formal research programs focus on the discovery of new approaches for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer. These active and collaborative research programs generate approximately $142 million in annual research support from public and private sources.
More than 300 members from across Vanderbilt, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University participate in these programs, as well as our many other cancer-focused research centers and initiatives.
Specialized Programs of Research Excellence
The National Cancer Institute’s Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) grants promote and speed up the exchange between interdisciplinary research in the laboratory to the treatment of patients in the clinical care setting. SPORE programs allow laboratory and clinical scientists to work collaboratively to plan, design, and implement research programs with the greatest potential to impact cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center holds two NCI SPORE grants supporting research in gastrointestinal (GI) and breast cancers.
In addition to our formal research programs and SPORE grants, Vanderbilt-Ingram is home to several major epidemiologic cohort studies and a number of interdisciplinary, translational research initiatives.
Membership and Pilot Funding
Learn about the benefits and criteria for membership – and pilot funding opportunities to support exciting research initiatives by new or established faculty.
Cancer survivors and caregivers provide a unique perspective and play an important role in helping researchers bring the best science to those affected by cancer. The Research Advocacy program provides opportunities for advocates to participate and contribute to the research process and outcomes for future patients.
Seminars & Events
Vanderbilt-Ingram sponsors a very active Seminar Program, including endowed lectures and minisymposia held throughout the year. Through the annual Orrin Ingram Distinguished Lectureship series, distinguished extramural investigators present research discoveries that have been seminal to major advances in cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms of tumorigenesis.
In addition, our Annual Scientific Retreat brings together students, postdocs, fellows and principal investigators from across the cancer center for a minisymposium, shared resource displays, and a poster session. Extramural scientists deliver lectures in the minisymposium and serve as judges for prizes given to students, postdocs, and fellows at the poster session.