CCRTD About Us


The Center For Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University has been in existence since 1999. In 2004, CCRTD developed a cancer research and educational program focused entirely in the area of prostate cancer. This makes CCRTD one of the largest prostate cancer centers in the country in terms of basic research and the only one of its kind in the nation. This focus, in large part was based-upon a higher incidence and mortality rate among African-American men. The main objectives of the center are to build a premier research program in prostate cancer, train the next generation of minority scientists in the area of prostate cancer, and develop a community-based educational and research program focusing on early detection and treatment of prostate cancer.


The mission of the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD), Clark Atlanta University’s Center of Excellence serving the African-American community, is to provide opportunities for high caliber basic and translational research; train scientists in cancer research; and provide an educational environment for community outreach, prevention, early detection, and treatment of prostate cancer which disproportionately affects African Americans.


The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) will develop a scientific research center of national prominence with a clear focus on prostate cancer and its impact within the African-American community.  This comprehensive center will engage in world-class basic and translational research; provide training for future generations of cancer scientists; and conduct community-based educational and research activities.