University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Founded in 1980, the Holden Cancer Center at the University of Iowa received its NCI designation in 2000. The Center is dedicated to bringing the finest cancer care and research to Iowa and beyond. Holden ensures that all the cancer research, clinical service, and education at Iowa are interdependent.

The Center is a matrix center that spans the university and includes more than 300 physicians, faculty, and researchers from 36 related university departments and six colleges, as well as the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics. There are a dozen multidisciplinary teams. Research at Holden is organized into four research programs: cancer genes and pathways, experimental therapeutics, free radical metabolism and imaging, and cancer epidemiology and population science.

Each of these programs is focused on a cancer-relevant scientific discipline, is translational, and includes members from several colleges and diverse backgrounds. The Holden Cancer Research Laboratories allow the Center to locate and integrate many researchers in close proximity to each other. The Center promotes interactive cancer research, provides health care related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer, and educates cancer professionals and the citizens of Iowa about cancer.

Outreach to the people of Iowa is an important component of the Center’s activities. Holden provides information through its Cancer Information Service to patients, their families, and health professionals. In addition, there are a number of cancer support groups that meet regularly in local communities. The Center also includes many patients in its active program of Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.