The Cancer Institute research programs provide a collaborative environment for the conceptualization and conduct of basic, translational and clinical cancer-focused research. Each research program is defined by a common research focus, and within each program, individual research themes are identified based on the talent and expertise of its members and for the purposes of strategic planning, optimization of resources and funding opportunities. Each member of the Cancer Institute participates in one of the four research programs, and members play a vital role in defining the goals of the research programs and identifying opportunities for inter- and intraprogrammatic collaborations.