Symposium Lends to Launch of UA Cancer Engineering Initiative

March 31, 2023

Symposium Lends to Launch of UA Cancer Engineering Initiative


“Our initiative is team science at its very best.”

With these words, Joann Sweasy, Nancy C. and Craig M. Berge Endowed Chair for the Director of the Cancer Center, began the University of Arizona’s inaugural Cancer Engineering Symposium on March 24.

The event, co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the Cancer Center, brought together internationally recognized researchers for the launch of the UA Cancer Engineering Initiative.

Through the state of Arizona’s New Economy Initiative(link is external), the UA was awarded $10.8 million for interdisciplinary research to advance understanding of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Sweasy and David W. Hahn, Craig M. Berge Dean of the College of Engineering, initially shared a vision for the program and gained strong support from leaders across the university.

Hahn also addressed the group of cancer biologists and engineers.

“When I came to Arizona as dean in 2019, I set a high priority to build a cancer engineering program here in collaboration with our colleagues,” he said. “Now – thanks to excellent partnerships, expertise and timing – we’re seeing that this initiative has huge potential.” Read more here.