“Translating molecular information into novel cancer therapies” is the Precision Oncology Mission of the UCT. Within this mission, we see our main task in connecting science to patients by combining the expertise in basic and translational cancer research in Frankfurt with that of clinicians dedicated to patient care.
To achieve this goal, we are creating synergies and fostering scientific exchange by providing access to state-of-the-art technologies within an interdisciplinary research framework. The translational research of the UCT takes place in a number of clinical translational programs shaped by its bodies the Faculty of Medicine of the Goethe University, the University Hospital Frankfurt, and the Georg-Speyer-Haus, whose scientists are working closely together within the Frankfurt Cancer Institute (FCI) and the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) partner site Frankfurt/Mainz. Within these research alliances and beyond they collaborate with a number of regional research partners in the greater Frankfurt area, such as the Frankfurt Life Sciences Campus with its pharmaceutical and biophysical institutes, the Max Planck Institute in Bad Nauheim as well as the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI).
Our research is dedicated to clinically relevant questions in oncology. We therefore systematically link our scientific program with our clinical infrastructure including the molecular tumor board, the early clinical trial units and the interdisciplinary expert teams, by providing a clinical trial registry and a comprehensive biomaterial and databank (including molecular and clinical data). By bringing together all clinicians and scientists in the field of oncology, we are developing cutting-edge translational cancer research that lead to our proven track record of practice-changing clinical trials at the University Hospital Frankfurt and the Nordwest Hospital.
At the same time, we attach great importance to the education and training of the next generation of cancer professionals. We strive to develop new career perspectives for Clinician Scientists and Medical Scientists through our Mildred Scheel Career Center (MSNZ) Frankfurt and by organizing scientific events, such as the UCT Science Day or the international Frankfurt Cancer Conference.