The Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC) was established in 1971 and was among the first academic cancer research centers to be funded by the National Cancer Institute, a designation continuously held since 1972. Today AECC draws upon the talent of about 150 members from over 20 academic departments at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine to foster basic, clinical, population, and translational research in an effort to better understand the origins of cancer and its effective detection, prevention, and treatment.