Research, Discovery & Innovation

Cancer Research

At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, patients being treated for cancer fill one-third of our 793 beds. Over 150 principal investigators with more than 200 funded grants investigate cancer-related questions.
The mission of the BRI Cancer Research Center is to foster interdisciplinary interactions necessary to solve basic and translational questions pertaining to all aspects of cancer including, pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in conjunction with the BWH Clinical Center of Excellence for Cancer.

Center Overview

Throughout the long history of cancer research at BWH, our investigators have influences the understanding and treatment of cancers such as a novel surgical technique (extrapleural pneumonectomy) to treat mesothelioma and identification of risk factors for breast cancer through the Nurses’ Health Study among others.

BWH investigators are nationally and internationally recognized got their contributions to advances in cancer research and are recipients of prestigious awards including being one of the only five National Cancer Institute(NCI) Ovarian Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in the United States.

Center Leadership

Center Co-Chairs

Learn More

To learn more about the hospital’s efforts in cancer research, visit the BWH Clinical Center of Excellence: Cancer web page. For more information about the Cancer Research Center, email

Centers, Programs and Priorities


Regenerative Medicine

Patient-Centered Outcomes

Infectious and Immunologic Diseases

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