Since 1973, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has emerged as a major regional and national resource for cancer research, treatment, prevention and education. Building upon strengths in basic and population-based research, the Center's members have developed strong, peer-reviewed funded research programs focused on cancers of major consequence.
Cancer Center members currently hold research grants totaling $134 million in direct costs.
The more than 200 members are organized into five thematic and five translational research programs, including a "bridge" program in developmental therapeutics. The thematic programs are in the fields of molecular genetics, epigenetics and regulation, tumor microenvironment, cancer epidemiology and cancer control research. The translational programs, which provide to our focus transdisciplinary research efforts, are in developmental therapeutics, genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, women's cancers, and leukemia and lymphoma.
Under the transdisciplinary research model, investigational programs at the USC Norris are organized by disease - not academic discipline - allowing physicians, epidemiologists and biologists to work together to pool and apply their knowledge toward addressing specific components of cancer.
For example, clinicians interested in the treatment of breast cancer, epidemiologists and geneticists studying its cause, and biochemists investigating hormonal therapies that modulate breast cancer cells in the laboratory all work in concert at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
To share this knowledge, USC Norris offers a variety of education programs, including grand rounds, tumor boards and research conferences to acquaint faculty, staff, students and visiting physicians with advances in oncology research and treatment. Continuing education programs for physicians and other professionals in the community are also offered.
USC Norris underwent a major expansion with the addition of the Norman Topping Tower in 1996 and the Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower in 2007. These facilities were built with support from donors, the National Cancer Institute, the University of Southern California and the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital.
Research at the USC Norris is focused on the following areas