Quick Facts



  • TCU faculty members from a variety of disciplines investigate cancer-related topics ranging from support for caregivers to use of fluorophores for cancer detection to treating depression in cancer patients.
  • The Institute of Behavioral Research is TCU’s nationally recognized center for evaluating and improving drug treatment. Current initiatives include implementing the best practices for drug treatment centers and improving the continuum of drug abuse care for youth on probation.
  • Research clusters in areas such as sustainability, aging, inflammation and metabolism, facilitate interdisciplinary discovery and address topics of national concern.
  • The Let’s Inspire Innovation in Kids (LiiNK) Project, designed to revitalize the American school system by adding more recess breaks, is producing outstanding results and influencing academic circles across the country.
  • TCU science professors are aiding in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by studying processes at the molecular level. The work has resulted in a patent for the Pyclen molecule, an antioxidant targeting metal-based oxidative stress in neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Scientists in TCU’s Aquatic Ecology Lab study mercury contamination in freshwater bodies and the complex movement of mercury in the environment. In 2013, two TCU professors, Dr. Ray Drenner and Dr. Matt Chumchal, won the prestigious Dow Chemical Award for Innovation in Mercury Science.

Point of pride:

Cancer is a focus of TCU research, involving faculty collaboration with researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the University of North Texas Health Science Center and other institutions.