The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center unites more than 280 physicians and scientists from 56 departments and 9 schools who work together in translating discoveries from research laboratories into new treatments that benefit cancer patients. Our mission is primarily achieved through research programs that bring scientists together from many different disciplines.


The UW Carbone Cancer Center is committed to leading-edge research to provide better treatment and ultimately, cures for cancer. Mark Burkard, MD, PhD is one of the researchers currently investigating new therapies for the treatment of breast cancer.


Mark Burkard, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist and Researcher


Dr. Mark Burkard, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist and Researcher at the UW Carbone Cancer Center
Meet Dr. Burkard's in Words and Pictures

In addition to his clinical practice treating patients with breast cancer, Dr. Burkard is one of the many researchers currently investigating novel therapies that might one day replace chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer patients.


Dr. Burkard's research seeks to find genes that can help cells divide and block those gene functions to help keep cancer cells from dividing.


According to Dr. Burkard, one of the main reasons he likes working in the field of breast cancer is the patients.


"It's a special group of patients," he said. "My patients give me drive to do better, to make treatments better, to make patient care better."


Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research


The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) was designed to create an environment of scientific collaboration, one that brings together research and clinical scientists from throughout the campus to work across disciplines, making it possible for them to focus their combined talents on today's most perplexing medical problems.


One example of such collaboration is with Dr. Burkard's research.


According to Dr. Burkard, in the year that WIMR has been open, it has already had an appreciable effect.


"My colleague who is making microfluidic platforms was across campus a mile away in engineering, but is now here," explained Burkard. "We can bring blood samples from patients to try to use those microfluidic platforms with actual clinical samples to try and do research that was not feasible a year ago."


Cancer Research


Learn more about various research advancements at the UW Carbone Cancer Center from 2009:


Location, Location, Location: How Viruses Find the Right Nuclear 'Zip Code' to Thrive, Cause Cancer

In Circulation: New UW Carbone Researcher Turns to Tumor DNA In Bloodstream to Improve Cancer Diagnostics

The Spirit of Innovation: How UW Helped Launch a War on Cancer 50 Years Ago

Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative Announces 10-year Cancer Plan for Wisconsin

UW Health Celebrates World Cancer Research Day

An Engineer's Perspective: How Tumors Build New Homes In More Tissues

Cancer Researchers, Colleagues Moving Forward With COVID-19 Projects

Five Years, Five Hundred Thousand: How One Company Funded a Research Professorship at UW Carbone

Garding Against Cancer Raises $225,000 for Cancer Initiatives and Services in La Crosse

Giving Young Cancer Patients A Voice

Hope, Not Hype: Pancreatic Cancer Prevention

All Natural: On the Hunt for New Chemical Structures

Uncovering Rare Inherited Genetic Risk Factors

Seeking to Understand Long-Term Metastatic Breast Cancer Survival

What's Behind Wisconsin's Rising Liver Cancer Rates?

Strengthening Survivorship Outcomes

Optune Device Helps Increase Brain Cancer Patients' Survival Rates

Finding the Link Between Obesity and Breast Cancer

UW Carbone Experts Present Latest Research at World's Largest Cancer Meeting

Predicting Breast Cancer Through Machine Learning Techniques

Undergraduate Cancer Researcher Earns UW Carbone Award

One in a Million: Single-Cell Genomics Enables Deeper Understanding of Cancer

Calorie Restriction May Affect How Cancers Develop

How Circulating Tumor Cells Are Helping Kidney Cancer Patients

Are Vitamin D Levels Related to Colorectal Cancer Risk?

The Director's Cut: Heidi Dvinge Looks at RNA Splicing With a Film Critic's Eye

"Game Changing" Recent Advances in Lung Cancer Treatment

Giving Metastatic GI Patients More Treatment Options Through Big Ten Clinical Trials

Weibo Cai is Lighting Up Personalized and Precision Medicine

Making Big Strides in Cancer Research by Mining Big Data

Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium Names Dr. Ruth O'Regan As CSO

Prostate Cancer: What African-American Men Need to Know

Improving Cancer Outcomes by Focusing on the Patients

The Melanoma Age of Enlightenment

Bad Timing: How Mutations in DNA Can Lead to Cancer

UW Carbone Experts Lead Sessions at World's Largest Cancer Meeting

Using Form and Function to Detect and Treat Cancers

Improving Patient Outcomes in Rare Cancers

Enhanced Microsopes Enable Cancer Researchers to Pursue New Types of Studies

Could Beating Cancer be as Simple as a Getting a Vaccine?

Looking for Better Methods to Determine Chemotherapy Treatments

Forming a PACT to Treat Cancer Patients with Cutting-Edge Cell Therapies

First Patient at UW Carbone Cancer Center Treated with Multiple Myeloma Personalized Cellular Vaccine

Small But Mighty: Nanoparticles Can Deliver More Types of Drugs, More Safely

Heating Up the Fight Against Cancer

Tackling Prostate Cancer From All Angles

Looking for Improved Pancreatic Cancer Therapies, One Cell at a Time

The Ride Raises $300,000 For Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin

Collaboration Helps Make Clinical Trials Possible

Studying Cancer Stem Cells to Identify New Cancer Therapies

A Divide and Conquer Strategy to Fighting Cancer

Advancing Imaging to Improve Cancer Care Across Wisconsin

Decades-Old Research is Basis for New Cervical Cancer Clinical Trial

UW Researchers Look for 'Windows of Susceptibility' to Breast Cancer

Fluff and Read: Cancer Study Places Health Kiosks in Laundromats

Researchers Honored for Prostate Cancer Research

Schools Can Raise Funds for Cancer Research Through Caps for the Cure

Wisconsin Study Ties Lower Hormone Use to Fewer Breast Cancer Cases

African-American Men at Higher Risk of False Positives in Prostate Testing

UW Researchers Find Cross-talk Mechanism Contributes to Colorectal Cancer

UW Researchers Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Mice with FDA-Approved Drugs

Later Birth Order May Decrease Breast-Cancer Risk

Progress Against Cancer Addressed at Symposium

Researchers Discover New Location for RNA Degradation

The Future of Prostate Cancer Screening

Compound in Red Wine May Treat Cancer

McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research Names New Chair

Andy North and Friends Golf Benefit for Cancer Research

Lymphoma Research Revs Up

Unusual Compound Seeks and Destroys Cancerous Tumors