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Researchers from the CCCR

Center for Colon Cancer Research

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with about 150,000 new cases and 56,000 deaths occurring each year. The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina, the first of its kind in the state, was established in 2002 to conduct innovative research on colorectal cancer that will lead to improved methods for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this disease.

Grants of nearly $22 million from the National Institutes of Health Center for Biomedical Research Excellence are funding CCCR for its first ten years.

 By providing state-of-the-art technology, senior faculty mentors, and an infrastructure that offers multiple opportunities for academic and professional growth, CCCR is helping to turn young scientists into independent investigators supported by peer-reviewed grants.

 The Center has some two dozen laboratories scattered throughout the Columbia campus, where we encourage collaboration among junior and senior investigators with common interests across disciplines such as public health and microbiology.  Our young and talented researchers are supported by five core facilities that provide economical services such as animal care, statistical analysis, data management, collection of tissue/blood/saliva specimens, and administration.

 In 2008, CCCR established a community grant program to support local communities and medical providers in their efforts to provide colonoscopy screenings to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured South Carolinians.

 Please review our website for more information about the Center for Colon Cancer Research.