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National Cancer Institute Designation

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia's first and only cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Designation requires meeting rigorous criteria for the depth and breadth of our basic science and clinical research, in addition to cancer prevention, control, and population/ behavioral sciences. Designation requires effective collaboration among various disciplines and with our community partners in private practice and in academic centers throughout Georgia and across the nation.  With this recognition comes the responsibility to provide public information, education and outreach to other health care professionals and the community. Read more about Winship's research programs.

The planning process, which was funded by a $2.5 million NCI planning grant, took 5 years and involved extensive peer review. 

The effort was well worth it: NCI designation for Winship gives Georgians improved access to clinical trials and resources that may not be available elsewhere. We join an elite cadre of 66 other cancer centers in earning this distinction. 

What is National Cancer Institute designation?
The National Cancer Act of 1971, enacted as part of the nation's war on cancer, established the Cancer Centers Program of the National Cancer Institute. This branch was charged with developing a network of distinguished cancer research centers characterized by scientific excellence and the ability to bring a diverse research approaches to bear on the cancer problem. 

What does NCI designation mean to patients? (FAQs)

Here is what the NCI has to say:

"Research in cancer centers... offers patients options for prevention, diagnosis and treatment that may not be available elsewhere."
"Patients benefit in better access to the latest therapies and better opportunities to take part in early trials of promising treatments."
"(NCI-designated) centers play an important role in their communities and regions and serve to influence standards of cancer prevention and treatment."

See a list of other NCI designated cancer centers.