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Department of Oncology (McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research)

The McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (also the Department of Oncology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health) was founded by Harold P. Rusch, MD, in 1940 and was the first basic science cancer center in an academic institution in the United States. All McArdle faculty are members of and many serve in leadership roles in the UW Carbone Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center.


The central mission of the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research is twofold:

  • To pursue outstanding research programs directed toward understanding the causes and biology of cancer and the factors that regulate normal and neoplastic growth and differentiation
  • To provide training of the highest quality in basic cancer research at the graduate and postdoctoral levels

While these two goals represent the cornerstone of the department's activities, the McArdle Lab also seeks to provide medical students with a foundation in basic cancer biology and to serve the public and scientific community through activities for national and international organizations.


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Last updated: 08/14/2012
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