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Research

The Department of Oncology research activities are located at the Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, University of Alberta Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Grey Nuns Hospital.  We have integrated research programs addressing basic, translational, and clinical aspects of cancer causation, prevention, treatment and care.  Our investigational programs cover the cancer research spectrum addressing questions in molecular and cellular mechanisms of tumour development, tumour biology, imaging and nuclear medicine, radiation biology, cancer care delivery and palliation issues.  We have teams of investigators who conduct research to understand the fundamental mechanisms of the causes, progression and treatment response of human cancers and who foster the translation of these understandings into advancements in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatments.
 
Our research streams are supported by state-of-the-art technology platforms including facilities for cellular imaging, high-throughput microarray and SNP analysis, biorepositories, molecular imaging, radiation delivery, development of biomarkers, drug design and clinical trials.