Research Programs

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center's mission to reduce the cancer burden in South Carolina begins with innovative and groundbreaking research. Through translational science centered around cancer biology and immunology, cancer prevention and control, and developmental cancer therapeutics, our more than 140 scientists aim to find cures and improve the quality of life for those living with cancer.

Cancer Biology & Immunology

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This program aims to identify basic mechanisms that regulate cancer cell biology and the anti-tumor immune response and use this knowledge to develop novel therapeutic approaches to effectively treat cancer.

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Cancer Prevention & Control

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Hollings’ goal is to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality in South Carolina while providing scientific evidence and novel interventions that can be applied beyond the state’s borders. This program is focused on two main themes: cancer health disparities and tobacco control.

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Dev. Cancer Therapeutics

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The most important part of translational science is getting new treatments to the bedside of patients. This program focuses on discovering and characterizing important cancer-specific pathways, identifying new therapeutic agents, and translating these discoveries into effective cancer therapies.

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