Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases

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The Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases is a research institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.. Dedicated in 1963, the mission of the Eppley Institute is to "perform and encourage fundamental studies leading to a better understanding of the causes of cancer; the improvement of methods for diagnosis of cancer, and; the improvement of methods for the treatment and prevention of cancer and similar disorders.


The Eppley Institute is part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and The Nebraska Medical Center, giving it has access to 734 licensed beds and handles 22,000 inpatient admissions yearly for approximately 3,600 new cancer patients annually. 164 Cancer Center members, including 61 practicing physicians, are involved in basic, clinical, and population-based research and are awarded approximately $20 million in peer-reviewed research grants annually.[1]


Originally built with a grant from the Eugene C. Eppley Foundation, the Institute was founded in 1960 with support from the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Henry M. Lemon was recruited as the first director. In 1968, Dr. Philippe Shubik's research group moved to UNMC from the Chicago Medical School to continue their focus on the study of chemical carcinogenesis. The Eppley Institute became an independent research institute in 1972 with an act from the Nebraska Legislature.[2] In 1973 the Institute grew by 30,000 feet with the addition of the Eppley Hall of Science funded by the Eppley Foundation and the National Cancer Institute.

The American Cancer Society awarded the Eppley Institute a "Special Institutional Grant in Cancer Cause and Prevention" in 1988. This award is one of only seven such awards in the nation, recognizing the achievements of the investigators at the Eppley Institute in this field.[3]


Eppley is an internationally recognized cancer research center that has is well-reputed for its treatments of hematological malignancies, particularly lymphomas and leukemia. Its basic research programs in chemical carcinogenesis; molecular, cellular, and structural biology; and translational research in novel therapies are well-noted, as well. It is considered to be a Center of Excellence for the study of lymphoma, and Eppley's expertise in the field of transplantation began with bone marrow transplantation in 1983.[4]

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  1. ^ "Eppley Cancer Center", National Cancer Center Network. Retrieved 6/9/08.
  2. ^ Dresser, P.D. and Hill, K. (1960) Research Centers Directory. Gale Research Company. p 3497.
  3. ^ Knoll, R.E. (1995) Prairie University: A History of the University of Nebraska. University of Nebraska Press. p 142.
  4. ^ "Eppley Cancer Center", National Cancer Center Network. Retrieved 6/9/08.

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