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Undergraduate Cancer Biology Program College of Arts and Sciences | Heersink School of Medicine

""The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is one of the preeminent research and treatment centers in the nation dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major public health problem.

The center has a long history of translating knowledge and discoveries into tangible results to improve prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship of cancer. It is one of the original eight National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, one of 51 in the United States, and the only one in a four-state region in the Deep South. Known for its work in cancer health disparities, it is committed to reaching underserved and vulnerable populations through community outreach and awareness programs.

The center is dedicated to advancing the field through innovative research, unparalleled clinical care, and multidisciplinary education.

Cancer Care

The Cancer Center provides ongoing care for more than 20,000 patients, with 5,000 new cancer cases every year. It offers these patients, who come from local communities and from all over the world, a full array of treatment options provided by specialized cancer experts using state-of-the-art technology.

Located a renowned academic medical setting, the center has the unique capability to offer about 200 clinical trials annually, providing the latest and most advanced drug treatments and interventional therapies for cancer patients.

Cancer Research

The center has more than 400 physicians and scientists working on ground-breaking research and treatments every day. Researchers have pioneered discoveries in chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and nutrition.

Its research programs are organized into three primary areas:

  • basic science,
  • translational science, and
  • cancer prevention and control.

These areas are peopled with scientists who regularly collaborate with diverse researchers across UAB, providing a robust, interdisciplinary platform that extends to faculty in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences—and to students in the undergraduate cancer biology program.

Cancer Education

Training the next generation is a critical component of the Cancer Center’s mission. Education and training programs are intended to inspire a continuum of cancer researchers. Trainees are able to gain exposure to the latest avenues in cancer research, utilizing high-tech equipment and facilities, and involving diverse patient populations.

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