research programs

The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of cancer research. The center's research programs are organized into three main areas: basic science, translational science, and cancer prevention and control.

Program members work collaboratively within and cross programs on a broad-range of cancer-related topics.

Cancer Biology & Immunology

The goals of the Cancer Biology & Immunology (CBI) Program are to identify the basic mechanisms governing cancer cell biology and the immune response in order to develop novel therapeutic approaches.


Cancer Control & Population Sciences

The goals of the Cancer Control & Population Sciences (CCPS) Program are to reduce the burden of cancer through hypothesis-driven observational and interventional research that spans the bench-to-bedside-to-community at large and targets all stages of neoplasia, from primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, through to end-of-life care.


Experimental Therapeutics

The goals of the Experimental Therapeutics (ET) Program are to develop novel imaging, cancer prevention and therapeutic strategies that provide cancer patients with an opportunity for cure, enhanced survival time, slowed disease progression and improved quality of life.



The mission of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Neuro-Oncology (NO) Program is improve treatment options and therapies for adult and pediatric brain cancer patients through multidisciplinary, translational research.


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