The Institute For Prostate Cancer Research

IPCR logoExpert sci­en­tists and clin­i­cians, who are ded­i­cated to under­stand­ing prostate can­cer, come together through the Insti­tute for Prostate Can­cer Research (IPCR) to devise ther­a­pies and new tech­nolo­gies in hopes of one day find­ing a cure.

The insti­tute is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort of UW Med­i­cine and Fred Hutchin­son Can­cer Research Cen­ter. A nat­ural out­growth of estab­lished research and clin­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions, the IPCR brings together a world-renowned team whose mis­sion is to under­stand the causes of prostate can­cer and its pro­gres­sion, develop new pre­ven­tion strate­gies, devise inno­v­a­tive diag­nos­tics and improve sur­vival and qual­ity of life.

The IPCR calls on the strength of more than 40 sci­en­tists and scientist-clinicians in mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines. Many are inter­na­tional lead­ers in their fields.

Together these researchers have alread​y iden­ti­fied and/or assem­bled up to 80 per­cent of the genes expressed in prostate can­cer, devel­oped one of the largest serum and tis­sue banks in the world, under­taken some of the most advanced stud­ies of bone biol­ogy and skele­tal metas­tases, assem­bled infor­ma­tion and geno­types for more than 300 fam­i­lies with hered­i­tary prostate can­cer, and devel­oped many new ther­a­peu­tic strategies.

Since the IPCR’s for­ma­tion, its fac­ulty mem­bers have been awarded more than $40 mil­lion in research grants from the National Insti­tutes of Health and other fed­eral agen­cies. This includes one of only 10 prostate can­cer Spe­cial­ized Pro­gram of Research Excel­lence (SPORE) grants nation­wide from the National Can­cer Insti­tute to study prostate can­cer progression.

IPCR fac­ulty mem­bers also have received many other indi­vid­ual grants to study numer­ous aspects of prostate can­cer. Receiv­ing this level of pri­vate and fed­eral fund­ing con­sti­tutes a tremen­dous accom­plish­ment and demon­strates the excel­lence of our fac­ulty mem­bers and their work.

Together, these sci­en­tists and clin­i­cians pro­vide hope for men with prostate can­cer and their fam­i­lies in the North­west and the world.

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