Why Choose Us?
The multi-disciplinary and collaborative research environment that the Masonic Cancer Center fosters provides unique training opportunities for the next generation of cancer researchers. A number of things characterize and distinguish the training environment here.
Large public research university
The Masonic Cancer Center is located on the campus of one of the largest public universities in the country with a robust research environment. The University of Minnesota ranks among the top 10 public research universities in both NIH funding and federal funding for science and engineering.
Top researchers in a wide variety of research areas
With more than 500 faculty and staff members, the cancer center is home of some of the world's top cancer researchers in:
- bone marrow transplantation
- breast cancer
- bone cancer
- cancer genetics
- tobacco research
- new therapies development
- pediatric oncology
Our collaborative environment
The Masonic Cancer Center, one of 47 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S., was founded in 1991 and is part of the Academic Health Center, which includes the Medical School, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine. The center's research partners include the University's Stem Cell Insittute, Center for Immunology, Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and the Institute of Human Genetics; and its clinical research and treatment partners include the University of Minnesota Physicians; University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview; and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.
Life in the Twin Cities
The University is located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, together known as the Twin Cities—the state's major metropolitan area. With a population of nearly three million, the Twin Cities offers the best of urban living. Both cities offer busy downtowns, sophisticated educational and cultural institutions, entertainment and sports, and the always affordable diversions of parks, lakes, and open spaces. For more about life in the Twin Cities, watch a video.