The Spirit of Innovation: Leading the Way in Cancer Virology

It’s estimated that roughly 15-20 percent of cancers are associated, in some way, with a virus. Whether it’s Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Hepatitis C – just to name a few – viruses and cancer frequently go hand-in-hand.

Fortunately, virology researchers at the University of Wisconsin have been studying the virus/cancer relationship for decades, and the work is still going strong. Today, nearly half the virology researchers on campus are dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of tumor virology in its many different forms.

And that’s where the Human Cancer Virology program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center comes in. Led by Shannon Kenney, MD, and Robert Kalejta, PhD, the program is comprised of over a dozen virologists studying the seven established human tumor viruses.

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