Research Programs

The UVA Cancer Center has approximately 220 full and associate members divided into four research programs. Each of these programs represents an area of expertise important for understanding how cancer starts and progresses and for development of interventions to detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer. Each program has a natural affinity and identity, with sub-groups that make sense scientifically. In addition, each of these programs has helped generate major discoveries important for cancer:

  • The Cancer Biology Program supports research focused on identification and validation of targets, development of small molecule modulators of validated targets, and elucidating mechanisms, particularly signaling networks, driving cancer.
  • The Molecular Genetics and Epigenetics Program was the origin of the discovery of the "histone code" and is nationally regarded as a premiere program for the study of chromatin and epigenomics.
  • The Cancer Therapeutics Program supports preclinical science and validation of therapeutic targets leading to investigator-initiated clinical trials for cancer diagnosis, imaging, therapy or survivorship.
  • The Cancer Control and Population Health Program conducts population-based research to identify cancer risk, reduce cancer risk and develop systems to support cancer survivors.

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  • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
  • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
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  • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
  • Two visitors can be designated
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Visitor Guidelines

Clinics & COVID-19 Patients: No Visitors 

For adult clinic appointments or those in the hospital with COVID-19:

  • No one can come with you into clinic buildings
  • No visitors at the bedside of COVID-19 cases
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions 

In Hospital, ED, & Procedures: 1 Visitor

For adults in the hospital, emergency department, or having medical procedures:

  • Only 1 visitor allowed at a time
  • Two visitors can be designated
  • The care team can allow standard exceptions

Virtual Options: Connect From a Distance

When you can't visit in person, you can still: