The University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Kansas Cancer Center are committed to striving toward national distinction as a designated National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center. Institutions that are dedicated to the advancement of cancer research exemplify scientific excellence and effectively integrate diverse research methods and approaches in focusing on cancer are recognized by the NCI by receiving cancer center designation. These centers integrate basic, clinical, prevention, control and population sciences research. The National Cancer Institute requires that a successful center not only achieve excellence in research but also be organized and run in a manner, so that the research is maximized by critical organizational and administrative characteristics. All NCI designated cancer centers must satisfy characteristics in the areas of cancer focus, institutional commitment, organizational capabilities, facilities, center director, and interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration.
The Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) establishes a mechanism of scientific review and over sight of that research and gives authority to that mechanism.
The Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee's (PRMC) purpose is to scientifically review all human subject cancer or cancer-related protocols and establish their relative priority to the institutional mission. In addition, the PRMC is responsible for reviewing the appropriateness of Data and Safety Monitoring plans, monitoring accrual and patient safety for all cancer or cancer-related studies within the institution.