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Become a Cancer Center Member

At The University of Kansas Cancer Center, researchers, physicians, nurses and educators work together to examine cancer from numerous scientific and medical disciplines. Researchers and clinicians associated with the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center, as well as cancer center consortium partners, are eligible to be considered for cancer center membership.

As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in the region, cancer center members have access to a larger pool of funding for research, including members-only developmental funding opportunities.

Individuals from all areas of cancer research are encouraged to join, including basic, translational and clinical research, pharmaceutical sciences, population sciences and behavior and psychosocial science. Research goals center on the following principles:

  • Establish solid basic research discoveries that build on our collective knowledge of cancer’s biology, and apply these findings to advance new therapies
  • Identify cancer risk factors and develop actionable cancer prevention strategies
  • Create more clinical trial opportunities for patients, including underserved populations

Membership categories

The following membership categories and requirements were developed under the guidance of the NCI to ensure The University of Kansas Cancer Center meets the requirements of the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG).

    • Located at one of the University of Kansas campuses or one of the cancer center consortium partners, and
    • Actively involved in cancer-related basic, translational and/or clinical research as evidenced by being an investigator on peer-reviewed, cancer-related grants or contracts (defined by the NCI) within the last year, or an investigator of a peer-reviewed investigator-initiated cancer-related clinical trial within the last year, and
    • Author or coauthor of peer-reviewed cancer-related publications within the last year, or
    • Has a significant administrative or leadership role within the cancer center.
    • Located at 1 of the University of Kansas campuses or 1 of the cancer center consortium partners, and
    • Engaged in cancer-focused research and/or clinical practice, but does not have peer-reviewed cancer-related funding within the last year.
    • Associated with institutions outside of the University of Kansas system, and
    • Demonstrates a commitment to cancer research and/or clinical activities and the research, education and patient care mission of the cancer center.

Benefits of membership

The cancer center provides members with several centralized resources to support collaborative research and clinical trials. Membership offers access to leading-edge equipment, comprehensive biospecimen banks, patient research advocates, custom animal models and more.

  • Shared resources: Provides critical assets for researchers to advance their work.
  • Research programs: Cancer center members are assigned to 1 of the cancer center's programs.
  • Clinical trials office: Provides a comprehensive support network that spans the life cycle of a clinical trial from concept through final manuscript publication.
  • Disease working groups: Cancer center members may participate in any of the following disease working groups: brain, breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecology, head and neck, lung, leukemia/myeloid, lymphoma/myeloma, sarcoma/melanoma and early-phase clinical trials.
  • Cancer center seminars and symposia: Members receive an invitation to attend cancer center-sponsored programs throughout the year.
  • Pilot project funding: Competition for pilot funding for cancer-related research projects. Associate and affiliate members may submit pilot project applications when they exhibit clear evidence of collaboration with a full member.
  • Grants Development Office: A centralized administrative research proposal resource to assist members with proposal development for cancer-related funding.
  • Communications office: Provides strategic communications planning as well as development of news articles, website and social media content. The Communications office can assist with the development of brochures, web content, videos and other communications collateral to promote cancer center research to a variety of key audiences. The office also manages the cancer center’s Brand Standards and can provide templates for fliers, PowerPoint presentations, posters and logos. View our brand standards hereContact Christine Thomas, 913-945-6017.

Member responsibilities

  • Actively participate in the research programs and serve on cancer center committees.
  • Develop interactions with other cancer center members as measured by joint publications, joint grants or joint research activities.
  • Attend cancer center-sponsored meetings and seminars.
  • Submit all clinical cancer studies to the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee for scientific review.
  • Utilize cancer center shared resources, and importantly, acknowledge use of cancer center facilities, shared resources, space or assistance (when appropriate) in research publications, presentations and grant submissions.
  • Accrue patients to institutional clinical trials and, where appropriate, to NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) trials that are activated at the cancer center.
  • Provide accurate annual and special requests for research progress, clinical trials, other support, publications and biosketch in a timely manner.

Learn more

If interested in learning more, please complete a membership application and send with a current NIH Biosketch or CV to

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