What makes City of Hope research different? Collaboration (w/VIDEO)

May 8, 2014 | by Tami Dennis

Regardless of their institution, all cancer researchers want one thing – to find a cure for cancer. But City of Hope researchers have some advantages in this quest. The advantages start with a culture of collaboration. “The fact that we can make things on campus, test things on campus, do everything on campus … What’s different here is things make it to the patient,” says Jacob Berlin, Ph.D., assistant professor of the Department of Molecular Medicine, in the video above. “We’ve got a major hospital that’s doing state of the art therapies, and we have a very good basic science institute on the same campus. There’s a lot of give and take between those two,” says John Zaia, M.D., the Aaron D. and Edith Miller Chair in Gene Therapy, as well as the chair and professor of the Department of Virology at City of Hope. Good science needs more than collaboration, of course. It also requires sophisticated facilities that allow researchers to accomplish their goals. And it requires institutional commitment, resources and a proven track record to attract the best scientists. City of Hope has all that. But, still, collaboration is the foundation. Says Karen Aboody, M.D., associate professor of neurosciences and neurosurgery: “There’s constant communication between the researchers and the clinicians. Everybody shares their experience and their techniques.” ** Watch our scientists explain what makes City of Hope special. Take a virtual tour of City of Hope. And learn more about cancer research at City of Hope.    
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