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The mission of C3 is to leverage the collaborative opportunities offered by the existence of one of the only 46 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers (UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center) and two of the only 7 NCI-designated basic research cancer centers (Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) in the same city;

Consistent with this mission, C3's primary function is to provide an ongoing forum for advancing  cancer prevention and control, screening and therapy vis enhancing the interactions and collaborations among the three NCI-designated Cancer Centers in San Diego, as well as promoting interactions with other public and private sector organizations in San Diego.

Center Directors’ statements

Nov. 11 & 12, 2017
Petco Park 




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2017 C3 Scientific Retreat 

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Building 12 Auditorium, 9 AM ­ 3:00 PM 
Registration deadline:  Thursday, 7/20/17 (required for luncheon and reception)
We encourage all members of the SBP Cancer Center faculty to participate in the San Diego NCI-designated Cancer Centers (C3) Scientific Retreat.
The program includes updates from our 2016 Pedal the Cause grant recipients, presentations highlighting single-cell sequencing and metabolism, and a Keynote address entitled ³Pfizer Oncology: Translating Today¹s Breakthroughs in Cancer Research into Tomorrow¹s Cancer Therapeutics² by Robert T. Abraham, PhD, SVP and Group Head, Oncology R & D, Pfizer La Jolla Site Head.
We sincerely hope that you can attend and we look forward to seeing you on July 27. 
Garth Powis, Director ­ Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center
Reuben Shaw, Director ­ Salk Institute Cancer Center
Scott Lippman, Director ­ UCSD Moores Cancer Center