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Research & Education

Attracting outstanding scientists to expand and contribute to current research efforts is a primary goal of the Katzen Cancer Research Center. With state-of-the-art clinical facilities, the center is poised to considerably enhance its research efforts by adding scientists, clinicians and support staff dedicated to the discovery of new cancer therapies.

Each year, the Katzen Center provides the Innovative Pilot Cancer Research Grants Program, an intramural George Washington University research grants program awarding close to $500,000 annually. The grants explore uncharted territory in cancer research, with a goal of making significant improvements in cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, and ultimately lead to a cure.

Katzen Center physicians conduct a wide variety of clinical trials in the areas of cancer treatment and research. A clinical trial is a research study to test how well investigational treatments work in patients. They are the safest and most effective way to examine a treatment for cancer. Participants in a clinical trial have access to up-to-date medical care from our Katzen Center physicians, new treatments and the best available standard of care for their type of cancer.

Areas of Research

  • Breast cancer
  • Head & Neck cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma/Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Prostate cancer

For more information about specific grants and research, click here.


With its affiliation to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Katzen Cancer Research Center has access to physicians who wear multiple hats – as clinicians, researchers and educators. Committed to sharing the latest knowledge and evidence, these faculty members contribute to better cancer care through education. As the research activities of the center expand, educational activities will be designed to ensure that new developments are shared with the entire cancer research community.