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Helen F. Graham Cancer Center

Center for Translational Cancer Research

The Center for Translational Cancer Research seeks to quickly move bench research to the bedside by applying basic science toward potential therapies. Established in 2004, the Center for Translational Cancer Research is a formal collaborative program among the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, the University of Delaware, A.I. duPont Children's Hospital and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. It also includes the Familial Cancer Registry and tissue-procurement program focused on high-risk patients.

The 7,000-square-foot laboratory space in the Center for Translational Cancer Research at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center is dedicated to basic cancer research. It includes the sophisticated equipment necessary to investigate the biochemical and molecular etiology of cancer, including:

  • Becton Dickinson FACSCalibur Flow Cytometer—a four-color, dual-laser benchtop system capable of both cell analysis and cell sorting.
  • Zeiss motorized AxioObserver Z1 for imaging living cell samples.
  • BioRad Protean II protein gel apparatus to detect abnormal proteins.
  • BIOBASE Knowledge Library™—a database offering integrated analysis tools for drug and biomarker discovery, gene-regulation analysis and more.

The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center has made great strides in reducing the incidence of and death from cancer in Delaware through early detection and treatment. The National Cancer Institute has played a large role in reducing cancer rates by funding community outreach, screening and prevention programs, nurse navigators, multi-disciplinary clinics and survivorship programs. Yet cancer rates are still high. Basic and bench-to-bedside treatment will make important and lasting changes to cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. A sustained effort to discover and test new treatments is needed to lower cancer incidence rates and increase survivorship. This is where community programs like the Center for Translational Cancer Research at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center can help. Scientific research can bring new cancer treatment to the bedside, but not without trained scientists in the community sector with connections to research worldwide.

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4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions

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