About the Cancer Center
Our goal is an increased translational focus on tailoring new cancer therapies to individual patients, thus enabling personalized medicine.
The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (SBMRI) Cancer Center is one of only seven National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated basic research cancer centers in the country. Its mission is to be a national leader in the effort to overcome cancer as a cause of human suffering and death.
What are the goals and activities of the Center?
Founded in 1976 as the La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, the Cancer Center first received its NCI-designation in 1981. Cancer Center goals are to conduct paradigm-shifting, collaborative multidisciplinary basic research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer, leading to new therapies that benefit cancer patients everywhere. We also educate and train the next generation of cancer scientists.
An area of long-standing and exceptional strength of the Cancer Center is basic science discovery into novel cancer gene targets and their mechanisms. Investigators have advanced their discoveries through small-molecule-based drug discovery, an area where we have significant capabilities, into early preclinical therapeutic development. Situated in San Diego, the fifth most populous county and the second largest biotech and life science cluster in the Unites States, Sanford-Burnham's Cancer Center is poised to achieve its vision by leveraging its scientific strengths through collaborations with academic and private sector investigators locally, nationally, and internationally.