In 2014, the UF Health Cancer Center, along with Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, joined to create the Florida Academic Cancer Center Alliance, or FACCA. FACCA was created to address the unique cancer burden of the state of Florida by expediting cancer research and maximizing the state investment in biotechnology. The alliance encourages and promotes collaborative research conducted by researchers at its partnering institutions and supports workshops and meetings to encourage the exchange of information and networking among researchers.
In 2020, the UF Health Cancer Center hosted the fifth annual FACCA retreat, which connected more than 200 cancer researchers, showcasing the newest and most innovative scientific updates from UFHCC, Moffitt Cancer Center and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The cancer centers’ directors, Jonathan Licht, M.D. (UFHCC), John Cleveland, Ph.D. (Moffitt), and Stephen Nimer, M.D. (Sylvester), and 41 speakers gave updates on drug resistance, metabolism, microbiome, cancer health equity and survivorship, clinical trials, single cell applications, drug discovery and many more.
The alliance also releases yearly research funding announcements for a wide variety of cancer-related research projects. All researchers must be located at one of the three partnering institutions, and all alliance-funded research is conducted by Florida-based scientists and reflects the mission to attract and expand the state’s research capabilities to address the public health challenges of cancer.