Burnham Institute for Medical Research Cancer Center
Director: Dr. Kristiina Vuori • 10901 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037 • Phone: 858-646-3100 • Web site: http://www.burnham.org/default.asp?contentID=28
Burnham is home to one of the leading basic cancer research centers in the world, focused on fundamental research into the molecular properties of cancer. Burnham has been an NCI-designated Cancer Center since 1981, one of only seven such basic research centers in the nation. Burnham's Cancer Center includes programs in: tumor microenvironment, tumor development, signal transduction, and apoptosis and cell death research.
The institute is bridging the gap between basic biological research, in which Burnham has traditionally excelled, and efforts to identify new targets for cancer therapies. Burnham's Cancer Center has received one of only nine NCI National Cooperative Drug Discovery Group grants. With these resources, Burnham will search for new targets for cancer therapies, looking at the molecules that cancers depend on for growth and survival.
These disease-focused centers are supported by an underlying research infrastructure, which provides sophisticated technologies and services to enhance scientific discovery. These core facilities are supported largely by special grants from NIH, including an NIH Blueprint grant that establishes Burnham as the lead organization for one of the nation's first two Centers for Neuroscience and Stem Cell cores. Research is further bolstered by several technology-focused centers that provide specialized support in chemical genomics, proteomics, stem cells, computational modeling and vascular mapping, and bionanotechnology.