? Abramson Cancer Center The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The ACC serves an ethnically and economically diverse catchment area ? 12 contiguous counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, with approximately 7 million residents. Residents in our catchment area face significantly higher rates of cancer incidence than the rest of the country. Through integrated, dynamic, and high-impact Research Programs pursuing basic, clinical, and population- based research, the ACC fosters pioneering scientific discoveries and facilitates the translation of these discoveries into clinical practice, transforming paradigms of patient-centered cancer care and cancer control. ACC provides extraordinary cancer care at three Penn Medicine adult hospitals and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The ACC is further enhanced by being part of the powerful academic ecosystem of the University of Pennsylvania. The ACC mission is to reduce the burden of cancer throughout our catchment area, the nation, and the world through uniquely integrated, productive, and comprehensive research efforts. Our vision is to exemplify an exceptional science-driven, patient-focused comprehensive cancer center with deep and lasting impact. The ACC has 324 members, nine Research Programs, nine Shared Resources, and robust teams for Community Outreach and Engagement, Clinical Protocol and Data Management, Protocol Review and Monitoring Systems, Cancer Research Training and Education, and Administration. In the current funding period, ACC members published 4,052 manuscripts and enrolled more than 22,000 subjects on interventional trials and more than 37,000 subjects on non-interventional trials. ACC members hold $170.1M in annual direct funds, of which $103.2M comes from the NIH and $59.2M from the NCI. ACC members hold 267 R01- equivalents. Notable strengths of the ACC include extraordinary intellectual capital, a uniquely collaborative culture that drives translational research, a balanced and strong research portfolio, deep commitment to our catchment area, and a modern and expanding cancer clinical enterprise for the care of adults and children. Chief accomplishments in the current funding period include transformative science in immunology, cell biology, germline genetics, and epigenetics; clinical trials with impact ranging from bench-to-beside discovery to multiple FDA approvals, including development, translation, and FDA approval of CAR T cells as the first cancer gene therapy; novel approaches in proton radiation and molecular imaging; nation-leading efforts in smoking cessation and HPV vaccination; doubling of Black subjects' participation in clinical trials; and leadership driving new health policy around smoking and sugary beverages. By leveraging new Institutional, philanthropic, and other resources, the ACC continues to innovate to reduce the burden of cancer in our catchment area and beyond, relentlessly working in a comprehensive and rigorous fashion to improve the lives of cancer patients and those at risk.

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? Abramson Cancer Center Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and prevalent in the ethnically diverse catchment area of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC), which consists of 12 contiguous counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, in which 81.4% of ACC's patients reside. Through our Research Programs and Community Outreach and Engagement, the ACC addresses the burden imposed by highly prevalent cancers in the catchment area, including breast, prostate, lung, colorectal, melanoma, and lymphoma. ACC basic, clinical, and population science research ? along with Community Outreach and Engagement Activities ? are integrated to prevent, diagnose, and treat these cancers and address cancer risk factors to promote healthy living.

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