The three goals of the Cancer Therapeutic Program are: 1) to enhance and facilitate programmatic and interprogrammatic interaction and collaboration between basic scientists and clinical investigators in cancer therapeutics;2) to promote the discovery, development, and application of novel therapeutic approaches;and 3) to develop translational and laboratory-based clinical investigations of new therapeutic agents and new therapeutic approaches. These goals are achieved through three Research Themes. Theme 1 is focused on technology development for target identification and drug discovery, with the goal of applying these new technologies (such as combinatorial chemistry, medicinal chemistry, computational biology, structural biology, nanotechnology, and high-throughput assays) to specific drug development projects in theme 2. For example, in theme 2, we are developing: cancer cell surface targeting ligands, novel targeting nanocarriers for cancer drug delivery and imaging, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, and nanoparticles for cancer vaccine and immunotherapy. In Theme 3, we use a collaborative group of molecular biologists, translational scientists, pharmacologists, and clinical investigators to facilitate the design and conduct of laboratory-driven clinical investigations. In view of the preclinical expertise in drug discovery and drug development available within the Program, there is great potential to translate promising new therapeutic leads into clinical trials and associated laboratory correlative studies. One example of such translation is the development of novel nanoformulations of paclitaxel soon to be tested in human. Furthermore, the expertise represented within this group of investigators provides a conduit for acquisition of new therapeutic agents from the NCI or industry. Providing a platform for clinical trials are specific project areas in clinical investigation and translational studies, including drug development awards (N01, U01, U10) and investigator-initiated trials. The program has 46 members from 13 different departments at UC Davis and 1 department at LLNL. It has 25 NCl-funded projects for $3.9 million ADC (total peer-reviewed funding, $8.8 million ADC). Of the 728 publications for the last funding period, 44% are inter-programmatic and 29% are intra-programmatic.

Public Health Relevance

Through the three interactive research themes, investigators from the Cancer Therapeutic Program will translate promising new therapeutic leads into clinical trials and associated laboratory correlative studies.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Subcommittee G - Education (NCI)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of California Davis
United States
Zip Code
Weiss, Robert H (2018) Metabolomics and Metabolic Reprogramming in Kidney Cancer. Semin Nephrol 38:175-182
Shih, Tsung-Chieh; Liu, Ruiwu; Wu, Chun-Te et al. (2018) Targeting Galectin-1 Impairs Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Progression and Invasion. Clin Cancer Res 24:4319-4331
Arun, Adith S; Tepper, Clifford G; Lam, Kit S (2018) Identification of integrin drug targets for 17 solid tumor types. Oncotarget 9:30146-30162
Hegde, John V; Shaverdian, Narek; Daly, Megan E et al. (2018) Patient-reported quality-of-life outcomes after de-escalated chemoradiation for human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal carcinoma: Findings from a phase 2 trial. Cancer 124:521-529
Jerant, Anthony; Fenton, Joshua J; Kravitz, Richard L et al. (2018) Association of Clinician Denial of Patient Requests With Patient Satisfaction. JAMA Intern Med 178:85-91
Tepper, Clifford G; Dang, Julie H T; Stewart, Susan L et al. (2018) High frequency of the PNPLA3 rs738409 [G] single-nucleotide polymorphism in Hmong individuals as a potential basis for a predisposition to chronic liver disease. Cancer 124 Suppl 7:1583-1589
Besprozvannaya, Marina; Dickson, Eamonn; Li, Hao et al. (2018) GRAM domain proteins specialize functionally distinct ER-PM contact sites in human cells. Elife 7:
Kirschbaum, Mark H; Frankel, Paul; Synold, Timothy W et al. (2018) A phase II study of vascular endothelial growth factor trap (Aflibercept, NSC 724770) in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome: a California Cancer Consortium Study. Br J Haematol 180:445-448
Matsumoto, Collin; Jiang, Yan; Emathinger, Jacqueline et al. (2018) Short Telomeres Induce p53 and Autophagy and Modulate Age-Associated Changes in Cardiac Progenitor Cell Fate. Stem Cells 36:868-880
Turner, David C; Kondic, Anna G; Anderson, Keaven M et al. (2018) Pembrolizumab Exposure-Response Assessments Challenged by Association of Cancer Cachexia and Catabolic Clearance. Clin Cancer Res 24:5841-5849

Showing the most recent 10 out of 836 publications