The ultimate aim of the UCT Mainz is to provide an innovative platform to transfer findings in basic research to clinical cancer programs finally resulting in improved clinical care of cancer patients treated at the UCT and its network partners. To achieve this, the UCT Mainz has established four Core Research Programs. Well-structured liquid and tissue tumor banks, a comprehensive Clinical Cancer Registry and a Central Clinical Trials Unit represent Integral Facilities within the UCT Mainz to generate an efficient nexus between scientific research programs and patient care. Finally, excellent entity-specific Clinical Cancer Programs guarantee state-of-the-art patient care as well as the development of innovative clinical trials and research strategies.
To increase the numbers of Clinician Scientists (Medics involved in research), an UCT Research Training Program, embedded into the TransMed Graduate School Program, has been established. Cancer research has been substantially stimulated by the recent recruitment of several professorships related to the field of cancer research at the University Medical Center. The UCT Mainz is partner site within the DKTK (https://dktk.dkfz.de/en/home) and is involved in several of its programs and joint funding projects with national and international partners.