Timeline Of Key Prevention-Related Initiatives Established At Moffitt Cancer Center

1984 Moffitt Cancer Center’s early mission statement included cancer prevention as key goal.

1986 Moffitt opened its doors.

1993 Moffitt Cancer Center Screening and Prevention (originally called Lifetime Cancer Screening & Diagnostic Center) opened, along with Cancer Answers, a national toll-free cancer information telephone service.

1994 Dr. Paul Jacobsen was recruited to establish research and clinical programs in psychosocial oncology.  The Health Outcomes and Behavior and Cancer Epidemiology Programs fall under his responsibility in his current role as associate center director, Division of Population Science.

1995 Moffitt Research Center building opened; initial Program in Cancer Control was established.

1996 Mole Patrol® was established to detect skin cancers within the community and to reduce skin cancer risk.

1997 Dr. Thomas Brandon was recruited to establish research efforts in smoking cessation. In 2000, he developed a smoking relapse intervention in the form of a series of booklets (Forever Free™), which are disseminated around the world.

1998 Moffitt achieved designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center. The Florida Legislature funded $100 million to expand research and clinical areas.

1999 Moffitt Program for Outreach Wellness Education and Resources (M-POWER; originally called Community Education and Outreach) began.

2001 Moffitt achieved NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status.

2003 Dr. Thomas Sellers joined Moffitt as associate center director, Cancer Prevention and Control; he currently serves as center director, Moffitt Cancer Center. His arrival further propelled the cancer center’s cancer prevention initiatives, and his leadership continues to foster an environment of team science aimed at promoting the prevention, early detection and control of cancer.

2003 Moffitt Diversity (formerly Office of Institutional Diversity) initiative was established, serving as a resource to promote prevention education among diverse communities.

2004 Dr. Anna Giuliano was recruited to establish cancer prevention vaccine research; in the subsequent years, she contributed to pivotal trials that led to the approval of HPV vaccines and expansion of indications for vaccination.

2006 Cancer Control evolved into two research programs: Health Outcomes and Behavior and Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention.

2011 Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention was renamed Cancer Epidemiology.

2012 Center for Infection Research in Cancer was established.

2016 Moffitt Cancer Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary.