The University of Florida Prostate Disease Center is an interdisciplinary research and educational effort to facilitate the development of new and better diagnostic tools and treatment methods for prostate diseases, including prostate cancer, benign prostate hyperplasia, inflammatory prostate disorders, and other urogenital diseases.
The Center’s mission strictly follows the University’s strategic plan to become a national leader in translational research and teaching institute that ultimately means better overall patient care. The Center focuses on four principal areas of investigation:
- study of immune mediators and their interactions with benign and malignant prostate cells;
- identification of cancer genes or gene products that can be exploited for molecular diagnosis and therapy;
- investigation of the prostate microenvironment including the initiation of a vascular and immunosuppressive network; and
- exploration of the role of prostate stem cells in the development and progression of prostate disease. We also welcome new areas of research from potential collaborators.
The UF Prostate Disease Center is designed as a highly interactive research initiative that unites basic, translational and clinical researchers with an interest in the investigation of benign and malignant prostate and urogenital diseases. The Center has already established several scientific and clinical collaborations across various departments and centers at UF Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses. These scientific interactions and programmatic exchanges have successfully created a vibrant intellectual climate and collaborative atmosphere that result in a unique scientific resource that pushes scientific insights from the discovery phase into human applications for cure.