Resources for Cancer-related Research at Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University serves its students, its regional neighbors, and the scientific community through its research initiatives, including recent concerted efforts to strengthen bioscience and health-related research and training. Cancer represents one crucial focus area, demanding increased investment in research due both to the tremendous social and personal costs of the disease and to its complex causes and biology. This set of web pages pulls together in one place a wide array of cancer-related resources that may be beneficial to Northern Arizona University researchers and students seeking to expand their activities and impact in this area.
Funded since 2002 by the National Cancer Institute, NACP is a collaborative set of research, training, and community outreach programs that draw upon faculty and institutional resources at both NAU and the University of Arizona’s Cancer Center (UACC). Resources include seminar series and research conferences focused on cancer prevention and control, summer research student support, and facilitation for the development of research proposals related to cancer health disparities in Arizona’s Native American tribal communities. Our partnership with the UACC also offers opportunity for access to their core and shared services.
The Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen, is a non-profit research organization in Phoenix, with major initiatives in several aspects of cancer. There is also cancer research at Arizona State University, the Mayo Clinic, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, and the American Cancer Society.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) was established in 1937 by an act of Congress. Although it operates under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NCI often receives both funding and legislative mandates distinct from those of the NIH overall. In addition to extramural research funding, NCI and NIH offer considerable resources useful for research, training, and career development.
Northern Arizona University has identified the bio-science, biomedical, and health-related fields as priorities for investment and the expansion of research activity. Several internal initiatives serve to connect NAU researchers with academic and community-based research partners, to provide seed funding for research, and to provide infrastructure necessary to support cutting-edge research.
Face-to-face communication and relationships remain important to the development of strong collaborations, even in today’s world of video-conferencing and email. Each year offers many opportunities for NAU researchers to attend regional, national, and international conferences focused upon cancer and cancer-related health disparities.