About the UH Cancer Center

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center's mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education, patient care and community outreach with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural and environmental characteristics of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center is one of only 71 research organizations in the U.S. designated by the NCI and the only one in the Pacific. This designation, continuous since 1996, requires stringent and constant evaluation, and gives the UH Cancer Center the distinction of being among the best cancer research institutions in the world.

The UH Cancer Center is an organized research unit within the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is located on the island of Oʻahu. Completed in 2013, the world-class Cancer Center building is home to 300 research faculty and staff. In addition, another 200 affiliate members are engaged with the Center through its clinical partners, Adventist Health Castle, Hawaii Medical Service Association, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health, Kuakini Medical Center, The Queen's Health Systems, and UH Mānoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine, which together form the Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium.

Our scientists and physicians focus on key cancers that significantly impact our communities in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Yet just as importantly, our work contributes to a global body of knowledge that leads to the development of innovative cancer prevention and control strategies as well as novel life-saving therapies and interventions for all types of cancers. We engage in scientific collaborations on a national and international scale, ranging from clinical trials and other research conducted across the U.S. to partnership programs and research collaborations in Guam, Micronesia, the Pacific, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

To solve the toughest cancer-related questions, we require the brightest minds. We are home to some of the nation's leading cancer experts and continue to ambitiously recruit new talent to better serve the people of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Our goal is to develop new strategies for discovery, drive findings into clinical practice, and deliver the best possible outcomes when patients are faced with the prospect of treatment for cancer.

As the central cancer education and training hub for Hawaiʻi and the Pacific, the UH Cancer Center provides innovative training and mentorship opportunities for individuals at every age and stage of their career.  Two new education initiatives were successfully kicked off in 2020, the CREATE Program and the Clinical Research Professionals (CRP) Certificate Program.

Other key research initiatives include the development of an Early Phase Clinical Research Center (EPCRC) and an Organoid Generation Facility. The EPCRC will allow cancer patients to participate in Phase I trials without having to travel to the mainland. The organoid facility will provide an invaluable resource to the study of cancer in minority populations with significant cancer disparities.

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