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Cancer Research Infrastructure

The National Cancer Act of 1971 authorized NCI to coordinate cancer research across the United States. In the ensuing decades, NCI has built and maintained an infrastructure that provides investigators with resources and materials that promote innovative thinking, coordinates research studies and clinical trials, and makes resources available to the cancer research community.

  • NCI-Designated Cancer Centers

    NCI-Designated Cancer Centers are at the forefront of NCI-supported cancer research efforts at universities and cancer research centers across the United States.

  • NCI's Clinical Trials Programs and Initiatives

    NCI leads programs and initiatives that sponsor, conduct, develop, or support clinical trials, including NCI’s Clinical Trial Network (NCTN) and NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) initiatives to transform cancer clinical trials to be more flexible and responsive to the rapid advances being made in oncologic sciences.

  • Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

    The FNLCR combines private sector business practices with government infrastructure to conduct research and development in cancer and AIDS.

  • Bioinformatics, Big Data, and Cancer

    The focus of bioinformatics is to establish an infrastructure to store, analyze, integrate, and visualize large amounts of biological data and related information—big data—as well as provide access to it.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cancer

    Advances in technology and access to large volumes of data have converged, leading to promising new applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in cancer research and care. AI applications could improve the accuracy and speed of diagnosis, aid clinical decision-making, and lead to better health outcomes.