Director's Welcome

Brian Druker, M.D.

Brian Druker, M.D.

Here at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, we’ve made a promise to the people of Oregon to make the state’s death rate from cancer the lowest in the U.S. Our commitment to fulfilling this goal powers all we do - pushing us to learn more about what causes cancer and how it can be stopped. With over 400 clinical trials in progress, we are searching for new cures, standards of care, treatments and therapies for cancer.

The spark that cures cancer will come from a crucial combination of intelligence, research and discovery. As the only academic health center in Oregon, OHSU has always been a place where knowledge and excellence come together. Coupled with being the only place in the state designated by the National Cancer Institute, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is one of the nation’s top cancer centers, attracting a powerful concentration of the top minds in cancer research and medicine.

As a national leader in translational research, OHSU is well-known for its ability to turn discoveries into treatments. Our scientists are making unprecedented advances in cancer research with more than 1,000 research projects under way. Among healthcare providers in the region, we are responsible for the largest number of Phase 1 clinical cancer trials, and have more than 400 trials currently in progress. As mysteries are solved, our scientists work to transform these discoveries to new cures, standards of care, treatments and therapies for patients in Oregon and beyond.

On behalf of more than 500 OHSU research scientists, healthcare professionals and staff working every day to heal patients and discover new ways to treat cancer, I invite you to learn more about the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and join us in our fight against cancer.

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