The Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC) was among the first cancer centers on medical school campuses to be funded by the National Cancer Institute in 1972 following passage of the National Cancer Act. The AECC mission is to promote and facilitate research that will lead to a better understanding of the origins of cancer and to its more effective prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The spectrum of research encompasses basic, clinical, population-based and translational investigation that addresses many aspects of the cancer problem. There are currently 120 AECC members from eight basic science and six clinical departments, supported through national peer-reviewed funding mechanisms. AECC encompasses seven interdisciplinary research programs in (i) Immuno-oncology, (ii) Signaling, Tumor Cell Motility and Invasion, (iii) Cell Growth and Differentiation Control, (iv) Membrane Molecular Biology, (v) Experimental Therapeutics, (vi) Cancer Epidemiology and (vii) the Biology of Colon Cancer. Thirteen established shared resource facilities plus three developing resources (Bioinformatics, Genome Imaging, and Laser Capture Microscopy) support laboratory investigation along with a Clinical Trials Office and Protocol Review and Monitoring System that support clinical research activities.
AECC clinical research is conducted at the two campuses of the Montefiore Medical Center and the Jacobi Medical Center with participants from the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urology, Pediatrics, and Radiation Oncology. There is an active program of Phase I and II clinical trials. AECC faculty are members of, and play leadership roles in, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology group, the Gynecologic Oncology Group, and the Children’s Oncology Cooperative Group. AECC is based in the Chanin Research Institute. The Price Center for Genetic and Translational Medicine (inset) is a new 201,000 square-foot building under construction that will house a major AECC imaging facility, new mouse facilities, and an expansion of AECC research programs.
*Source: National Cancer Institute