DF/HCC Membership Breakdown & Collaboration Tools

March 13, 2017

DF/HCC is a 'Research Consortium' style NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center that is made up of basic-, clinical-, and population-science researchers from many Massachusetts institutions with members frequently collaborating across institutional boundaries. It is made up of seven member institutions: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Harvard Medical School (HMS), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The majority of DF/HCC members belong to these seven institutions, but the Cancer Center also boasts members hailing from other institutions (see graph below) who collaborate on ground breaking cancer innovations. Within DF/HCC, members belong to one or more of the 17 cancer-related programs that make DF/HCC one of the largest cancer-research networks in the world. 

DF/HCC is comprised of both full and associate members; Full membership in DF/HCC is open to all Harvard faculty of Instructor level or above, and the Associate Member category applies to researchers whose expertise is deemed critical to the mission of DF/HCC but do not hold faculty appointments at HMS or HSPH. The Associate Member designation also applies to Harvard-affiliated professionals who do not hold independent faculty posts but contribute in a significant way to research important to disease-based programs.

Membership by Institution

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Membership by Research Program

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DF/HCC represents the value of research collaboration across institutional boundaries and in that pursuit there are several tools available to members to help find potential collaborators within the Cancer Center:

  • Research Program Events - Check with your Program leadership to learn about events that the Program conducts
  • Program Member Lists - View a complete list of investigators in your Program by navigating to the Program page and clicking the blue 'See Program Members' button.
  • Member Profiles - Read a DF/HCC member's research abstract, view their contact information, and browse their recent publications
  • Visualize Collaborations Tool - On the left sidebar of a member profile, click the "Visualize Collaborations" box to visualize the DF/HCC investigators with which that member collaborates. Click on any connecting line between any two investigators to see the publications that they co-authored.
  • Similar Members Tool - On the left sidebar of a member profile is a tool that compares the text of a member's publications to the National Library of Medicine's MeSH Thesaurus and groups members with high levels of overlap in MeSH terms. Note that this list is only populated with those DF/HCC members who the selected member has not yet co-authored a publication with.
  • Browse Clinical Trials by Research Program - On any Research Program page, click the blue "See Program Clinical Trials" to see a list of all clinical trials involving your Research Program.
  • DF/HCC Events Calendar - The events calendar seeks to collect all local cancer or cancer-related events together in one place to make it easy for DF/HCC members to find events of interest. The calendar also accepts submissions via the "Submit an Event" button.
  • DF/HCC Funding - There are several funding mechanisms available to DF/HCC members that seek to expand collaboration: the Nodal Award Program, the NCI-sponsored Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) awards that DF/HCC has been granted, the Bridge Project, and more. Current opportunities can be seen on the funding page accessed by clicking "For Researchers" in the red header bar, then clicking the white Funding box.

Membership by Research Discipline