At the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute (AFCRI), our primary goal is to transform scientific breakthroughs into innovative cancer treatments. Our researchers and physicians work in comprehensive teams dedicated to ultimately curing multiple types of cancer. Scientists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and surgeons work together to turn discoveries into personalized therapies that will benefit cancer patients throughout the world. Our focus is aimed toward the following primary research areas:

Leading Cancer Research

Researchers at the AFCRI are making rapid progress in gaining a better understanding of cancer cell metabolism, tumor microenvironment, cancer genetics/genomics, immunotherapy, responses to DNA-damaging treatments, and other scientific areas to improve treatment outcomes for those afflicted with this disease. Recently, President Barack Obama introduced a new initiative to find a cure for cancer, and tasked Vice President Joe Biden with putting it into action. Vice President Biden chose to start with a visit to the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, January 15, 2016 to investigate ways to accelerate research like our own. Philadelphia newscast NBC 10 interviewed our own Dr. Robert Vonderheide about this visit:


Dr. Vonderheide was also featured in print, you can read more here.

Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute's Commitment to Educational Programs

The faculty of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute maintain important leadership roles in undergraduate, graduate, medical, and postdoctoral educational programs at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute directs a number of related programs, including a formal seminar series organized in partnership with the Division of Hematology and Oncology.

Educational Opportunities at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute

Choose the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute to learn from leaders in cancer research. AFCRI Faculty continue to make fundamental contributions to the educational mission at the undergraduate, graduate, medical student, and postdoctoral levels.

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