The Institute for Prostate Cancer Research

The Institute for Prostate Cancer Research (IPCR) brings together a world-renowned team of scientists and clinicians in the hopes of one day finding a cure for prostate cancer.  A natural outgrowth of established research and clinical collaborations, the institute is a joint effort of UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The IPCR's mission is to understand the causes of prostate cancer and its progression, develop new prevention strategies, devise innovative diagnostics and improve survival and quality of life.

The IPCR calls on the strength of more than 40 scientists and scientist-clinicians in multiple disciplines, many of whom are international leaders in their fields. Together these researchers have already:

  • Identified and/or assembled up to 80 percent of the genes expressed in prostate cancer
  • Developed one of the largest serum and tissue banks in the world
  • Undertaken some of the most advanced studies of bone biology and skeletal metastases
  • Assembled information and genotypes for more than 300 families with hereditary prostate cancer
  • Developed many new therapeutic strategies

Since the IPCR's formation, its faculty members have been awarded more than $40 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. This includes one of only 10 prostate cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants nationwide from the National Cancer Institute to study prostate cancer progression.

IPCR faculty members also have received many other individual grants to study numerous aspects of prostate cancer. Receiving this level of private and federal funding constitutes a tremendous accomplishment and demonstrates the excellence of our faculty members and their work.

Together, these scientists and clinicians provide hope for men with prostate cancer and their families in the Northwest and the world.

For more information about the entities involved in the IPCR collaboration, visit UW Urology, SCCA Prostate Group, and Fred Hutch. Questions about the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research may be directed to the IPCR Program Manager, Nola Klemfuss at or 206-667-3042.