The Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center was established in 1991 and received its NCI designation in 2010. The Center has built on a basic science foundation and developed a focus on translational cancer research.
The Simmons Cancer Center provides patients living in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and North Texas with access to innovative cancer treatment. To accomplish this, the Center has brought together 252 members from 40 departments, divisions and centers across the University to promote innovations in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and control. The members work in trans-disciplinary teams on research organized around five scientific programs: Development and Cancer, Cancer Cell Networks, Chemistry and Cancer, Experimental Therapeutics of Cancer, and Population Science and Cancer Control. This trans-disciplinary focus is reflected in a total of 22 multi-investigator research projects which are highlighted by a Lung SPORE, Colon Cancer and HPV PROSPR Center (NCI U54), Lung Cancer Target Discovery and Development (NCI U01), PanCan/AACR Gateway Grant, National Clinical Trials Lead Academic Participating Site (NCI U10), and UTSW Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (AHRQ). In addition, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has accelerated research progress and produced transformative change through key funding for recruitment of cancer-focused investigators, new shared resources, graduate training, and multi-investigator research projects.