Research

The special mission of UT Southwestern Medical Center's Simmons Cancer Center is to bring new knowledge and technology into the fight against cancer through the work of our scientific programs.

Scientific Programs

At Simmons Cancer Center, six complementary scientific programs serve as vehicles for discovery:

But within those programs, it’s people who drive growth and progress.

The Cancer Center’s nearly 250 members are affiliated with 40 departments or centers across UT Southwestern and represent a wealth of opportunity to blend basic knowledge with translational and clinical pursuits.

Funding Sources

Funding from a wide range of sources fuels a host of scientific investigations, including collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts with the potential to broadly impact the state of cancer knowledge and care. The work helps thousands of patients every year at Simmons Cancer Center clinics, including a growing number of people receiving the latest in cancer care through clinical trials.

Simmons Cancer Center currently has 40 investigator-initiated clinical trials — more than any other cancer center in North Texas. 

In the Community

The Center is also pushing forward and outward into the community, building and improving laboratories to disseminate discoveries related to cancer prevention and detection, especially among the medically underserved.

For example, a new, NCI-funded community partnership called PROSPR is exploring how best to ensure regular colon cancer screenings.

in addition, a robust cancer genetics program is reaching out to ensure that patients and families with an elevated hereditary risk of colon and uterine cancers, and those with gene mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancers, are alerted and closely monitored. 

Such wheels of progress promise to generate advances for decades to come. Those advances will improve the state of science not just in the Simmons Cancer Center, or even more broadly at UT Southwestern, but throughout Texas and the nation.