SPOREs - the Specialized Programs of Research Excellence - are a cornerstone of the National Cancer Institute's efforts to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary translational cancer research. SPORE grants involve both basic and clinical scientists and support projects that will result in new and diverse approaches to the prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of human cancers.
SPORES are designed to enable the rapid and efficient movement of basic scientific findings into clinical settings, as well as to determine the biological basis for observations made in individuals with cancer or in populations at risk for cancer.
Because of the huge burden of lung cancer in terns of morbidity and mortality, lung cancer was an early focus of the SPORE Program. The University of Colorado Cancer Center has one of seven Lung Cancer SPORE Programs in the nation.