Amala Cancer Research Centre is an integral part of Amala Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) situated amidst of 40 acres of green landscape in the valley of Vilangan Hills, 8 KM from Thrissur town. The Centre is started in 1982 with the idea “to undertake scientific research in the area of cancer and other related branches of medical sciences both basic and applied fields” and registered as an independent society in 1984 under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act, 1955. The Centre is managed by the Trusteeship of Christian Missionaries, CMI Devamatha Province. Centre has a Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director, Research Director and has a Governing Body, Executive Committee, Research Advisory Council and Institutional Animal Ethical Committee. These bodies have eminent scientists, educationalists and social activists from several Institutions of India. It is a non-profit organization and is recognized by Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and under Income Tax Act Section 35 (1) (ii) in which the contributions to the centre will be tax free. Central funding agencies such as Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dept. of Biotechnology (DBT), Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and Kerala funding agency, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) provided project grants to the Centre from 1984 onwards. The Centre with its remarkable facility and expertise in cancer research has shown its excellence during the last 30 years.

Amala Cancer Research Centre is also recognized by University of Calicut, Mahatma Gandhi University and Kerala University for Health and Allied Sciences (KUHAS) for Ph. D programme. Total 96 students have received Ph. D degree through the Centre. Presently, the Centre has 6 Scientist faculties and 20 students enrolled for Ph.D. degree.

The Centre has published nearly 1000 original research papers since its inception in various National and International journals. Centre also published one annual publication, Amala Research Bulletin that documents the work ongoing in the Centre.