Signature Centers

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) has contributed to the IU Simon Cancer Center’s research mission with the highly competitive Signature Centers Initiative, supporting collaborative research that shows a high likelihood of sustainability. Signature Centers receive matching funds from IUPUI and the IU Simon Cancer Center. Below is a list of awarded Signature Center Initiatives to IU Simon Cancer Center members and the year of the award.

Signature Center Initiative for the Cure of Gliobastoma (2013)

The mission of the Signature Center Initiative for the Cure of Glioblastoma is to interrogate the molecular mechanisms of glioma biology and develop interventions that improve patient outcomes. This Signature Center Initiative provides a forum that facilitates productive collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians, and engages the community through patient advocacy and philanthropic initiatives. Additionally, an extensive research infrastructure and mentorship program is being developed to help the membership successfully compete for extramural funding.

Center for Cachexia Research Innovation and Therapy (CCRIT)

The IUPUI Center for Cachexia Research, Innovation and Therapy (CCRIT), founding member of the Mid-West Cachexia Consortium, will bring together institutions, investigators, resources and patients in Indiana, Ohio and beyond to improve basic, translational and clinical studies of cachexia in order to diagnose and treat cachexia using a multi-disciplinary approach involving cutting-edge pharmacological, physical, molecular genetic, imaging, bio-behavioral, and psychosocial approaches and therapies.

Center for Cancer Population Analytics and Patient-Centered Informatics (2013)

The mission of the Center for Cancer Population Analytics and Patient-Centered Informatics is to develop team science that combines innovative health information technologies with rigorous health services research methods in order to create knowledge that will have an impact upon the health and health care of patients and populations with cancer in the state of Indiana and the nation.

Center for Human Papillomavirus Research (2012)

The mission of the Center for Human Papillomavirus Research is to improve understanding of HPV transmission and infection, and prevent HPV infection and its consequences, including HPV-related cancers.

Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center(2011)

The mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Signature Center is to advance knowledge from bench to bedside to practice in a bi-directional manner that facilitates a consistent and productive exchange of ideas between clinicians, clinical investigators, physician-scientists and basic scientists from a variety of disciplines.

Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training Center (ResPECT) (2010)

The mission of the Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training Center is to advance the science of communication in palliative and end-of-life care across the lifespan. The center aims to support the advancement of research on communication in populations with serious illness that is life-threatening, debilitating or terminal.