Collaboration & Resources

Promoting Interaction

The Cancer Center promotes interdisciplinary coordination, cooperation, and collaboration among its members through a variety of seminars, meetings, and other events. The Center’s size and physical organization also encourage formal and informal interactions of faculty, staff, and research trainees and students.

The Cancer Center’s success in interdisciplinary collaboration is evidenced by the number of Wistar publications featuring co-authors from multiple research programs, as well as a number of joint federal grants for research in areas including melanoma, aging, and esophageal cancer. Wistar scientists also collaborate extensively with cancer researchers locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Power of Partnership


The Institute and the Cancer Center benefit from Philadelphia’s rich intellectual environment and the many opportunities for collaboration with neighboring academic institutions. Wistar is located in West Philadelphia and enjoys extensive collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s school of medicine. 

Melanoma Research: A Success Story


Wistar’s melanoma research program – one of the largest and most prestigious in the world – is a leading example of the success of Wistar's partnership efforts. Conducted in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, the program has brought biologists, immunologists, and geneticists together with clinical experts in pathology, oncology, and surgery. In 2001, the program was recognized as a skin cancer SPORE (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) by the National Cancer Institute. With the support of this highly prestigious grant, Wistar investigators have pioneered novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.