Director's message: Recognition for a job well done

Volume 8, Issue 3, September 2019


After a rigorous review, NCI has renewed Mayo Clinic Cancer Center's elite designation and grant funding.

Robert B. Diasio, M.D.

Robert B. Diasio, M.D.

One of the highlights of leading Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is being able to report on the results of the National Cancer Institute's competitive grant renewal process.

During this process, the center is subjected to rigorous peer review of every facet of our research and patient care in order to maintain our long-standing distinction as an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and secure millions of dollars in funding from the NCI.

It's my pleasure to share our recent accomplishment with you: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has successfully renewed funding of our Cancer Center Support Grant from the NCI for an additional five years, through 2024, which will mark our 49th year of NCI funding. The renewal validates our elite status as an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — a center that encompasses independent multidisciplinary programs, cancer practice, cancer research and cancer education activities.

The NCI awards Cancer Center Support Grants to institutions that meet rigorous standards for research activities in each of three major areas — basic laboratory research; clinical research; and prevention, control and population-based research — and that have substantial transdisciplinary research that bridges these areas.

In its review of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the NCI recognized our strong performance during the past five years. Most of our 10 research programs were scored as exceptional to outstanding by the NCI. Scores for six of the programs improved, and scores for three more programs remained stable. The NCI also scored the center's Clinical Research Office, protocol review and monitoring system, and data safety as exceptional to outstanding.

These notable results would not be possible were it not for the efforts of hundreds of clinicians, researchers and support staff who come to work every day looking to improve the lives of patients with cancer and seeking ways to advance our ability to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

Thanks to everyone for a job well done!

  • Robert B. Diasio, M.D.
  • Director, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • William J. and Charles Mayo Professor