The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center is dedicated to reducing the cancer burden in Hawaiʻi and the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) through research, education, patient care, and community outreach, emphasizing the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of the region.

Our comprehensive approach is rooted in the unique ethnic and racial diversity of our catchment area, which is distinguished by cancer health disparities, geographic isolation, socio-economic challenges, medical provider shortages (especially in rural or isolated areas), an aging population, rich environmental biodiversity, and a history of traditional medicine.

These unique characteristics drive our efforts, enabling us to define research priorities, develop interventions targeted for these unique populations, and promote cancer health equity for racial and ethnic groups specific to our catchment area.

Our work impacts the local community and addresses cancer challenges in the broader Pacific region, making UH Cancer Center a vital hub for cancer research and control, and public health policy in this underserved geographical area.

Research Programs

UH Cancer Center is organized into two Research Programs: Population Sciences in the Pacific (PSP) and Cancer Biology (CB). Each Program combines exploration of basic cancer mechanisms and etiologies for targeted interventions, facilitating the translation of discoveries into cancer prevention and treatment applications for our diverse population. Our commitment to innovative research is evident through our funding base of $15 million in peer-reviewed funding, with 60% from the NCI. Collaboration is at our core, with 37 Members in PSP and 40 in CB, fostering an exceptional level of intra-programmatic, inter-programmatic, and inter-institutional research collaborations and publications.

Research Shared Resources

Five vital Shared Resources support our research goals: Analytical Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Nutrition Support, and the developing Body Composition Lab. They are each described in detail on separate pages.

Research Training and Community Engagement

Our Research Programs, Community Outreach and Engagement, Cancer Research Training (CRT) initiatives, and clinical trials prioritize cancers that are causes for concern in our catchment area while driving our Plan to Enhance Diversity through institutionally aligned Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies.

By leveraging the unique ethnic, cultural, and environmental attributes, we pioneer innovative solutions for reducing the cancer burden, which leads to promoting health equity, fostering diversity, and advancing cancer research that is impactful for our community and beyond.

Become a UH Cancer Center Member

Join our efforts to reduce the burden of cancer in the Pacific. There are a variety of membership levels depending on your affiliation to the cancer center and cancer research in Hawaiʻi. These include Full, Associate, Affiliate, Clinical, and Collaborating.

Depending on your membership level, the following benefits may be available to you:

  1. Eligibility to compete for UH Cancer Center Developmental Funds and pilot projects
  2. Eligibility for subsidized use of UH Cancer Center supported shared resources
  3. Eligible to direct or assist strategic planning initiatives
  4. Association with a CCSG Research Program
  5. Invitations to scientific retreats, seminars and special programs
  6. Inclusion on the UH Cancer Center website

Become a UH Cancer Center member