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The Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center

George Coukos, MD, PhD

Department of OBGYN
University of Pennsylvania
Health System

Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancer
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Third Floor West
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Gynecology Department: 215-662-3318

The University of Pennsylvania Health System, the School of Medicine, the Abramson Cancer Center, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have made ovarian cancer a top research and clinical priority at PENN and have jointly invested significant resources to create the new Ovarian Cancer Research Center launched in July 2007 under the leadership of George Coukos, MD, PhD.

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The Center's goal is to identify new detection methods, develop new prevention approaches and therapies and improve the quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

The Center provides an infrastructure for ovarian cancer research and treatment and serves as a catalyst to unite existing talent at Penn, recruit new investigators and promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of ovarian cancer research.

The new Center has three major research programs:

The ovarian cancer early detection and prevention program develops new detection tools such as biomarkers and imaging technologies, as well as new prevention methods. The advanced therapeutics program develops new treatment approaches that will hopefully increase women's chances for cure. Each program conducts translational research, therefore offering clinical trials testing the effectiveness of the detection, prevention and therapeutic methods discovered.


The ovarian cancer biology and pathogenesis program has a more fundamental discovery focus, with the aim to understand the pathogenesis and biology of ovarian cancer and feed the other two programs with ideas and information from which detection, prevention and therapeutic concepts can be developed.

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Personalized Vaccine Made from Patients' Own Tumors Spurs Immune System

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