The mission of the UCSF Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research is to understand the fundamental biology underlying aggressive prostate cancer and develop strategies that will lead to a cure for metastatic disease.
The Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research recognizes that prostate cancer represents a heterogeneous disease. The Initiative seeks to transform prostate cancer treatment, from a “one-size-fits-all” approach, to a strategy where therapies are informed by the molecular mechanisms that govern a patient’s individual cancer. With this in mind, the Initiative has proposed an ambitious set of goals for the first five years:
- Identify new molecular drivers of aggressive prostate cancer
- Understand how these molecular drivers lead to specific cancer features
- Develop new therapeutic approaches to metastatic prostate cancer