The major focus of the Cancer Cell Networks Program is to promote investigation that will contribute to the generation of a mechanistic understanding of aberrant cell regulatory networks supporting tumorigenesis. Our faculty approach this problem from multiple levels of mechanistic resolution, spanning atomic structure through animal models. To promote cancer relevance and synergy across Cancer Center efforts our scientific goals are to: (1) Define the mechanisms and pathways that integrate external and internal regulatory cues at the cell autonomous level: This is a traditional strength at UT Southwestern that is leveraged in the Cancer Cell Networks program to define the basal regulatory states that generate and maintain appropriate restraints on cell growth, proliferation and survival. This goal is integrated with the Molecular Therapeutics and Development and Cancer programs in order to capitalize on the leading-edge human cell model systems and vertebrate genetics being developed in those programs. (2) Establish how aberrant cell regulatory behavior contributes to cell transformation and tumorigenesis: Novel experimental strategies and emerging technology platforms are being employed to isolate the conditional molecular dependencies in tumorigenic regulatory environments that represent authentic diagnostic or therapeutic targets. This goal is heavily integrated with the Molecular Therapeutics of Cancer Scientific Program to promote study designs that maintain translational relevance through incorporation of appropriate patient samples and disease data. Importantly, integration of this goal with the Chemistry and Cancer program is facilitating the generation of small molecule leads for in vitro and in vivo target validation and development. (3) Facilitate interactions with translational and clinical scientists to develop strategies to test the therapeutic benefit of modulating cell regulatory components: The Cancer Center leadership has fostered an atmosphere of communication and collaboration between basic science investigators, with expertise in mechanistic relationships governing cell behavior, and clinical researchers with acute knowledge and appreciation of the human disease. This both elevates the ability of basic scientists to develop experimental strategies with greater cancer relevance, and empowers clinicians to move beyond cataloging of cancer associated phenomena toward defining mechanistic properties at molecular resolution.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Center Core Grants (P30)
Project #
5P30CA142543-04
Application #
8519958
Study Section
Subcommittee G - Education (NCI)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2013-08-01
Budget End
2014-07-31
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$42,940
Indirect Cost
$27,467
Name
University of Texas Sw Medical Center Dallas
Department
Type
DUNS #
800771545
City
Dallas
State
TX
Country
United States
Zip Code
75390
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