UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) currently operates eight program areas organized to foster excellence in interdisciplinary and collaborative research across academic units. Each program area provides a platform for colleagues with similar research interests, allowing them to exchange information and ideas, facilitate and promote their research interactions and provide access to shared resources.
We are fortunate at UCLA that the Medical School, the College of Letters and Sciences, the Dental School, the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing are all located on a single campus, along with both our children's hospital and the main hospital. Select faculty from these academic units are members of the JCCC, as are a number of full-time faculty at our affiliated institutions.
The JCCC program areas are:
The JCCC also offers several different shared resources to help our researchers find more effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. In addition, the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine has over 70 shared resources for researchers, students and staff.
Program Area Objectives
The objective of our research programs is to provide a forum in which faculty members can advance the understanding of fundamental mechanisms relating to cancer by making their combined research efforts "greater than the sum of the parts.” By providing structured activities such as mini-symposia, retreats, workshops, access to impact and seed grants, coordinated training grant programs and courses in various aspects of oncology, the program areas bring together members of the UCLA faculty with overlapping and complementary interests. These gatherings provide forums to discuss the applications of research to cancer-related problems, opportunities to learn about related work being carried out on this large campus, information about shared resources and information about the availability of alternative sources of support for cancer-directed initiatives.
The program areas make a difference if their activities:
- Initiate new collaborations in cancer research
- Shift the current UCLA faculty to more cancer-oriented issues
- Help to attract to UCLA new faculty who carry out cancer research
- Facilitate the acquisition of new information pertinent to ongoing cancer research by our members
- Help to improve the research infrastructure at UCLA
- Foster meaningful translational research that brings basic sciences observations into application in clinical contexts
Our program areas also make a difference by helping the Directorate of the Cancer Center, the Deans of the School of Medicine, the Dental School, the College of Letters and Sciences, the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing to recognize and understand the needs of the faculty for facilitating cancer research at UCLA. Through the program area directors, the members of these program areas are able to define research areas in which we need to strengthen our representation, to identify deficiencies in our cancer education programs for graduate students and medical fellows, to identify needed improvements in our shared resources and other aspects of our research infrastructure and to coordinate efforts in obtaining training grants and fellowship programs.