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Research Programs

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center's eight formal research programs focus on the discovery of new approaches for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer. 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.

Collaborative Research

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.