The Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI) is a part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, (UTHSCSA), a research-intensive institution committed to improving the health of all citizens through research, teaching, and clinical activities. The UTHSCSA serves a 50,000 square-mile area of South Texas, with campuses in San Antonio and in the metropolitan border communities of Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley. More than 2,700 students a year train in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in South Texas.
Established with $200 million from the State of Texas tobacco settlement, the largest single oncology endowment in this nation’s history, the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute is a unique and specialized cancer research center. The mission of GCCRI is to advance scientific knowledge relevant to childhood cancer and to accelerate the translation of knowledge into novel therapies. Through discovery, development, and dissemination of scientific knowledge with relevancy to childhood cancer by a group of world class principal investigators, the overarching aim of the GCCRI is to impact the problem of cancer at all ages.
The GCCRI is organized around five major programs and shared core facilities and is an integrated matrix organization comprised of an interdisciplinary group of faculty spanning multiple Departments and Schools of UTHSCSA. Housed in a state-of-the-art research building on the Greehey Campus of UTHSCSA, the GCCRI is well-positioned to have a major impact on the scientific profile of San Antonio and South Texas, and will extend the development of regional, national and international scientific linkages for basic and translational cancer research and clinical trials. Though the GCCRI is not organized as a cancer treatment facility, clinical investigations are conducted through collaboration with clinical treatment facilities such as the University Health System.