Advancing knowledge, enhancing care is the mission of the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. The center fosters this mission by creating a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community.
The Masonic Cancer Center was founded in 1991. It is part of the University's Academic Health Center, which also includes the Medical School, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine. The Masonic Cancer Center's research partners include the University's Stem Cell Institute, Center for Immunology, and the Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging; and its clinical research and treatment partners include the University of Minnesota Cancer Care, University of Minnesota Medical Center, and University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
National Cancer Institute Designation
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota a comprehensive cancer center in 1998. The Masonic Cancer Center is one of only 45 institutions in the United States, and one of two in Minnesota, to hold this designation, which is awarded only to institutions that make ongoing, significant advances in cancer research, treatment, and education. For more information, read NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers: Why they matter.
A Legacy of Masonic Support
In April 2008, Minnesota Masonic Charities presented the University of Minnesota with an extraordinary gift of $65 million—the largest gift ever made to the University—to seek the cure for cancer. In recognition of the gift, the name of the University's cancer center was changed to Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Learn more about this gift and Masonic support.