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University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center

A vision to create a world where cancer no longer exists.

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education, and patient care with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of the islands. The Center is the only National Cancer Institute designated cancer center in Hawai‘i and the Pacific and one of only 67 designated centers in the nation. In February 2013, the Center’s team will be moving into a new world-class 150,000 square-foot cancer research facility in the Kaka‘ako area of Honolulu.

Our Research

The Center’s researchers focus on cancers that impact patients in Hawai‘i. Yet just as importantly, their work contributes to a global body of knowledge that leads to the development of new life-saving treatments and therapies. They engage in scientific collaborations on an international scale, from clinical trials conducted across the United States to partnership programs across the globe. Currently, the Center is conducting more than 100 cancer research projects in four interdisciplinary programs including epidemiology, cancer biology, prevention & control and clinical & translational research.

The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center is shining example of what can be created through hard work, dedication to a cause and collaboration with the community. We encourage you to join us in our vision to work toward the creation of a world where cancer no longer exists. With your support we can make this possible.

Funding Priorities

Collaboration with Asia

Creating the Bridge for Cancer Research Collaborations with Asia

The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center is in a unique position to benefit from research collaborations with our neighbors in Asia. First, we are geographically conveniently located for researchers to travel and collaborate on studies. Second, we have a large Asian population in comparison to other NCI designated cancer centers on the mainland which makes our epidemiological data and possible discovery outcomes more relevant to the populations we serve.

Faculty Recruitment

World-Class Faculty Recruitment

More than any other dynamic, it is the quality of the faculty that leads to the success of a cancer research center. The funds raised would contribute towards the creation of 10 endowed chairs ranging from $2-3 million each. Examples of possible chairs include (random order):

  • Liver Cancer Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control
  • Biomarkers and Metabolomics
  • Molecular Cancer Genetics
  • Experimental Therapeutics/Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Surgical Oncology
Nobel Laureate Sabbatical Program

Nobel Laureate Sabbatical Program

The Nobel Laureates would be recruited to work with and mentor UH Cancer Center faculty over 6 to 12 month sabbaticals. The estimated cost of $250 – 500,000 per Nobel Laureate would include salary, technician, secretary, supplies, etc. The potential for discoveries to be made, papers published and mentorship to faculty would be invaluable to the Cancer Center.

Physician Training Program

Physician Training Program

This program would fund the costs associated with bringing the top cancer physicians in the nation to Hawaii to provide training to local physicians over a period of 1-2 weeks. Examples for immediate needs include breast cancer mastectomy surgery, robotic surgery, etc. The end outcome would be that the people of Hawaii would have access to cancer treatment and care that is on-par or better than at the leading cancer centers/hospitals on the mainland.

Support The Journey

Together, we can move Hawai‘i and its people toward a remarkable future.
Together, we can Journey Beyond

For information on supporting The University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, please contact:

Todd A. Cullison 
Associate Director of Development
(808) 356-5757 •