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 with tumor immunology as the key translational research focus with exceptional expertise. 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. Furthermore, UCT investigators have access to all shared Core Facilities within the University Medical Center and the Johannes Gutenberg University. 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), a UCT Research Training Program, embedded into the Mainz Research School of Translational Biomedicine (TransMed) Graduate School Program, has been established. Cancer research has been substantially stimulated by the recruitment of several professorships related to the field of cancer research at the University Medical Center. The UCT Mainz is partner site within the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTK) and is involved in several of its programs and joint funding projects with national and international partners.
Events like the UCT Science Day and the Mini-Symposium in Translational Oncology (MiTraC) aim at providing a platform to enhance the scientific exchange between clinicians, basic scientists, postdocs and students involved in cancer research at the UCT, Research Center for Immunotherapy (FZI), Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (TRON), Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis Mainz (CTH), Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), and other companies and research institutions in and around Mainz.