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Odunsi in Lab 2009-11-16 2-X3Founded in 1898 by Doctor Roswell Park, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is America’s first cancer center. Dr. Park’s revolutionary model of a “multidisciplinary approach” to cancer — where scientists and clinicians work in concert and in consult — has become the standard by which all modern-day Comprehensive Cancer Centers are measured. Roswell Park is one of only 48 centers in the United States to hold the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious designation of “Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

From its inception, Roswell Park identified cancer research as the core element of its mission. Since then, groundbreaking research by Roswell Park scientists has led to greater understanding of the nature of cancer and to major advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment that are now in use worldwide.

Roswell Park instituted the nation’s first chemotherapy program, pioneered studies on the relationship between smoking and lung cancer and developed photodynamic therapy (PDT) and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. A comprehensive cancer genetics program, now under development at Roswell Park, will rival the world’s leading programs in that field. The Institute also made significant contributions to the landmark human genome project. Roswell Park’s Center for Pharmacology and Therapeutics is one of the few centers in the nation capable of all phases of drug development, from the conceptual stage through manufacturing and testing. This year, Roswell Park’s strong basic and clinical research programs attracted major research grants and contracts totaling more than $81 million. The Institute has sponsored or collaborated on more than 350 clinical trials of promising new cancer treatments.

Drawing more distinguished scientists and clinicians into the fold has enriched Roswell Park’s intellectual base, infusing the atmosphere with new ideas and strategies. The addition of over more than 100 new faculty in less than three years has contributed to a surge in clinical and translational research, propelling Roswell Park into the highest ranks of leadership in cancer care and innovation.

Roswell Park is located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Also located on the campus are nine healthcare and medical research institutions that collaborate with Roswell Park to advance education, research, patient care and the commercialization of scientific discoveries. They include: The University at Buffalo, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute for Structural Biology, Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, Buffalo Medical Group, The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Olmstead Center for Sight and Upstate New York Transplant Services.

Roswell Park’s mission is simple: to understand, prevent and cure cancer.

For more information please visit www.roswellpark.org.