Markey Cancer Center Research Network

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As an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, UK Markey Cancer Center receives research funding and many other opportunities available only to the nation’s best cancer centers. Markey is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 56 in the country.

The Markey Cancer Center is involved in more than 175 groundbreaking clinical research studies each year. These studies offer patients access to new therapies that might represent the best hope for effective treatment. The Markey Cancer Center is committed to bringing important research studies into the communities we serve through the Markey Cancer Center Research Network.


The Markey Cancer Center Research Network (MCCRN) is an alliance of doctors conducting clinical research studies in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancers. The MCCRN conducts studies initiated by our own doctors and scientists as well as national studies available through the Markey Cancer Center’s membership in the National Cancer Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network.

The network provides innovative research studies, support and education for our research centers and thorough quality assurance so our studies meet the highest ethical standards.

Access to research close to home

Community hospitals that join the MCCRN will offer their local patients the opportunity to participate in clinical research studies. Patients will remain under the direct care of their local doctors and can take advantage of their own support systems by remaining close to home during their treatment.

Research Studies

Research studies are targeted to focus both on the areas with the highest rate of disease and the types of cancers that most affect these regions. Appalachia has some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the country, especially for lung, colorectal and cervical cancers.

The MCCRN clinical research study portfolio is governed by an advisory committee, which includes representatives from each MCCRN member site. This committee establishes priorities for the study portfolio and guides the development of high-priority studies.

Coordinating Center

The MCCRN Coordinating Center helps organize all the activities of the research network, such as:

  • Network membership
  • Portfolio advisory committee
  • Research, education and training
  • Research study development
  • Centralized recruitment
  • Project management
  • Data management
  • Monitoring and quality assurance
  • Contracting and research budgets
  • Research program development support

For more detail, you can check out two fact sheets about Markey Cancer Center networks:

Research Sites

mccrn map

Our current research sites are:

  1. King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland, Ky.
  2. Owensboro Health, Owensboro, Ky.
  3. St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead, Ky.
  4. St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, Ky.
  5. The Medical Center at Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ky.
  6. Tri-State Regional Cancer Center, Ashland, Ky.

For more information on the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, please call 859-218-4062 or email Kris Damron at 

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - A Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our commitment to accelerating precision cancer research and care to patients. We are the first and only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky, and one of 57 in the nation.