Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center

The Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center (OCRC), established in 2007, serves as a catalyst to promote comprehensive and interdisciplinary research on ovarian cancer in collaboration with the Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancers, the Abramson Cancer Center, the Basser Center for BRCA, the Wistar Institute, and the Penn Immunotherapy Program, as well as numerous local, national, and international investigators and clinicans. 

The OCRC has five major goals:

  • Develop new methods for early detection of ovarian cancer
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of ovarian cancer pathogenesis
  • Characterize the genetic factors that drive the development of hereditary and sporadic forms of ovarian cancer
  • Develop new approaches to treat and prevent ovarian cancer
  • Support clinical trials to assess safety and efficacy of new treatments

A scientific illustration titled "Integrated model of OVCA pathogenesis" from Levanon et al., 2008

The ultimate goal of these programs is to improve the quality of life for women with ovarian cancer and provide guidance and support to their families.