Oral Cancer Research Initiative

Oral cancer is one of the most pernicious epithelial malignancies in the world, whose incidence is on the rise. Despite progress in diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer, the 5-year survival rates over the past twenty years have remained at about 50%. Oral cancer disproportionately affects underserved minorities in the US and in the developing countries.

The Oral Cancer Research Initiative (OCRI) is a focused multidisciplinary collaborative that brings together basic scientists, clinicians, public health researchers, engineers, chemists and computational biologists to work on diverse issues related to oral cancer.

Our mission: to elucidate the mechanisms of oral cancer development and progression and to expedite translation of research findings toward diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of oral cancer. Our multidisciplinary effort will align research on oral cancer with societal needs. For more information regarding the Oral Cancer Research Initiative please contact ocri@bu.edu

Internal Advisory Board

Rhoda M. Alani, M.D.
Herbert Mescon Professor & Chair, Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine

David M. Center, M.D.
Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
Gordon & Ruth Snider Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
Professor of Medicine & Biochemistry
Associate Provost for Translational Research
Director, Boston University Medical Campus Translational Research Institute

David L. Coleman, M.D.
Wade Professor & Chair, Department of Medicine

Ronald B. Corley, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Microbiology
Associate Provost for Research, Boston University Medical Campus

Jeffrey W. Hutter, D.M.D., M.Ed.
Dean, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Spencer N. Frankl Professor in Dental Medicine

Katya Ravid, D.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine & Biochemistry
Director, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

M. Selim Ünlü, M.S.E.E., Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Director, Boston University Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology

Roberta F. White, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Environmental Health, School of Public Health

External Advisory Board

Thomas J. Glynn, Ph.D.
Director, Cancer Science & Trends
Director, International Cancer Control, American Cancer Society

Jennifer Grandis, M.D.
Director, Head & Neck SPORE
Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh

Bruce Johnson, M.D.
Chief Clinical Research Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Scott M. Lippman, M.D.
Director, Head & Neck SPORE
Chair, Thoracic/Head & Neck Medical Oncology
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Poul Erik Petersen, D.D.S., D.O.Sc., M.Sc.
Chief, Oral Health Programme, World Health Organization

Marshall Posner, M.D.
Director, Head & Neck Medical Oncology
Director, Office of Cancer Clinical Trials
The Tisch Cancer Institute
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Jatin P. Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chairman of the Council of the International Academy of Oral Oncology
Professor of Surgery, Cornell University
Chief of Head & Neck Surgery Service,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dong M. Shin, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Director, Head & Neck SPORE
Professor of Hematology, Oncology & Otolaryngology
Director, Clinical & Translational Cancer Prevention Program
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University School of Medicine

Gregory T. Wolf, M.D.
Director, Head & Neck SPORE
Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan


  • OCRI Prepares for Upcoming Head & Neck Cancer Symposium

    August 25, 2015

    Over the last several months, members of the Oral Cancer Research Initiative (OCRI) have been working to organize the second annual head & neck symposium titled, Head & Neck Cancer Symposium: From Pathways to Therapies which will take place on Monday, September 21, 2015. This event builds upon the success of... [ More ]

  • OCRI Hosts “Lunch & Learn” to mark World Head and Neck Cancer Day

    August 25, 2015

    The Oral Cancer Research Initiative (OCRI) hosted a “Lunch & Learn” on July 27, 2015, to mark World Head and Neck Cancer Day. This event aimed to raise awareness about head and neck cancer among members of the Boston University community. Students, residents, clinicians, and researchers were invited to attend... [ More ]

  • Researcher Spotlight: Stefano Monti, PhD

    August 25, 2015

    OCRI member Dr. Stefano Monti is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine with a joint appointment in Biostatistics. He maintains affiliations with the BU Bioinformatics Program, the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and the Cancer Program at the Broad Institute of... [ More ]

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