Cancer Research Center

The mission of the Cancer Research Center at the BWH Brigham Research Institute (BRI) is to use scientific discovery as a means to prevent and cure cancer, improve the diagnosis of cancer and alleviate the pain and suffering of cancer patients.

The Cancer Center seeks to promote excellence in basic and translational cancer research at BWH. It strives to foster the interdisciplinary interactions that are necessary to solve central questions pertaining to all aspects of cancer including; pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The Center determines the impact of cancer and its treatment on patient quality-of-life in addition to the larger outside community of scientists, physicians, policy makers and general public.

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, over 150 principal investigators with more than 200 funded grants investigate cancer-related questions. Patients being treated for cancer fill one-third of our 793 beds. The research hospital setting of BWH provides and encourages frequent collaborations between physicians and scientists. Our cancer investigators are uniquely positioned to facilitate the transfer of the most promising findings to patients at BWH. Juxtaposed, BWH researchers and physicians bring their collective expertise to tackle questions that may enhance our knowledge of cancer prevention, develop and implement new cancer therapies, or improve existing cancer treatments.