University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

About UPCI


Research Executive Advisory Committee

The Research Executive Advisory Committee is focused on research-related issues. Edward Chu, MD, Interim Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), serves as chair of this committee, which also includes UPCI leaders who have responsibilities for academic and research activities. The Research Executive Advisory Committee meets twice per month to discuss a broad range of research issues, including: basic, translational, and clinical research; overall strategic planning to achieve future goals; and assessment of needs and opportunities for recruitment and infrastructure development.

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UPCI Research Leaders

More than 300 UPCI members, representing 42 University departments, are working together to improve the understanding of cancer and to develop new lifesaving procedures in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. UPCI research programs range from basic science programs that examine the molecular basis of cancer development and progression in the laboratory, to translational and clinical programs that implement novel laboratory findings into clinical trials in humans, to population-based programs that focus on cancer prevention, epidemiology, and biobehavioral factors in cancer.

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UPCI Shared Resource Directors

The Shared Resources at UPCI include state-of-the-art facilities that provide infrastructure, technology, support, and expertise to enhance basic, translational, and clinical cancer research with a goal to provide outstanding service at reasonable cost. In addition to standard service offerings, most facilities will work with researchers to provide customized procedures as needed. Shared Resource Directors provide expert consultation and, in some cases, may participate as co-investigators on research faculty grants.

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UPCI Committee for Excellence in Cancer Education and Training

The UPCI Committee for Excellence in Cancer Education and Training meets quarterly to review the breadth, depth, accessibility, and effectiveness of available education and training opportunities and to develop recommendations regarding potential new offerings.

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UPCI Committee for Cancer Research in Western PA

The Committee for Cancer Research in Western PA meets monthly to identify the cancer problems affecting western Pennsylvanians and to develop, implement, and monitor progress on trans-disciplinary research efforts aimed at amelioration.

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UPCI External Advisory Board

The UPCI External Scientific Advisory Board includes prominent physicians, scientists, and cancer center directors who are nationally and internationally recognized for their scientific and clinical contributions. The Board convenes annually to review UPCI programs and activities, and to provide detailed advice on a wide range of scientific and organizational issues, including development of new research programs, evaluation of existing programs, recruitment of key scientific leadership, review of shared facilities, and ad hoc review of key issues. Input from the Board is extremely valuable for reviewing the scientific and clinical research programs of UPCI and for assessing progress of the research endeavors.

UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter Council

The UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter Council, which includes more than 50 of Pittsburgh’s prominent leaders, provides advice and support to the executive management of UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter. Council members serve as ambassadors to the community to promote the core missions of UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter:

  • Advance the understanding of cancer
  • Develop innovative methods for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Provide state-of-the-art cancer care.

Council members annually recognize faculty, who have been nominated by their peers, for their commitment to improving the understanding of cancer biology or providing compassionate patient care; and staff, who have given outstanding service to UPCI and UPMC CancerCenter.

Council members also help to secure funding to support research and clinical outreach efforts, and to promote relationships between UPCI faculty and members of the business community that help to guide technology-transfer activities.

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