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June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

I and my extended group have been the recipients of a ”matching grant”, awarded jointly by the Cancer Research Institute and the Concern Foundation, Los Angeles, over several years. This grant was used to support the work of 10-15 fellows each year, working in the areas of cancer cell genetics, tumor virology and tumor immunology. This generous grant has given us an unparalleled opportunity to pursue the research with a dynamic group of research fellows, postdoctorals and guest investigators. With the help of this grant we could keep talented young researchers who would have been otherwise forced into industry or other applied work.

The Cancer Research Institute has my greater admiration for the highly efficient, non-bureaucratic, talent- and problem-oriented support that characterizes their fellowship program.

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June 18, 2011

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June 18, 2011

I was supported by CRI for my Postdoctoral fellowship, and it provided me a wonderful period to study and work in one of the best lab of cancer immunology in the world. The society of CRI also have been providing me a opportunity to communicate with great scientists. Annual meeting in NY always stimulates me a lot when I attend.

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meetings

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invite scientists from broader categories

June 17, 2011

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June 17, 2011

My family has been involved with donations for CRI for about 35 years. One of the major draws was Dr. Lloyd Old. He has helped guide us to maximize the use of our contribution. Our experience has been nothing short of exemplary.
The staff and scientists there have spent a great deal of time
interacting with us to make sure that we comprehended the impact of the research to be done. Most recently, I was able to attend their immunological conference. This gave me first hand experience to the research. It was interesting and fun to engage with the scientists. They were very helpful to explain concepts I did not quite grasp.

I very much liked this type of interaction and hope that I may continue to participate in this way. I feel it allows me to argue more effectively the case to continue giving to CRI.

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They have provided council during my aunt's cancer stint.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm not sure I have specific changes that I would recommend. However, It might be helpful to have monthly spotlights on various research. Perhaps a video on their main webpage.

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June 17, 2011

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June 17, 2011

The Cancer Research Institute has been generous in allowing me to pursue post-graduate studies in the area of lung cancer. Thankyou for allowing me to pursue an exciting, at times tough and challenging, yet tremendously rewarding path into the medical research future. We are now studying lung cancer patients with the hope of understanding how their lung immune microenvironment may protect against or worsen their disease.

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my postgraduate research degree.

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June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

I was supported by a postdoctoral fellowship by the Cancer Research institute. The funding allowed me to pursue research studying basic T cell immunology. Their support has been invaluable to helping my career progression towards making fundamental discoveries in immunology. Now I am an assistant professor and I have again applied for funding from the CRI, as the CRI supports scientists at multiple stages in our careers. Continuing support from the CRI will allow me to progress in my studies regarding the role of immunology in cancer.

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CRI provided significant support for my research during my postdoctoral training period.

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June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

For the past 3 years, the Cancer Research Institute has supported a postdoctoral fellow in my laboratory. With federal funding for biomedical research in decline, much important research related to cancer (and literally any other human disease) could not be done without the dedicated and unwavering support from private non-profit organizations like the Cancer Research Institute. The high standards during the initial peer review of projects, the continued support and the annual meeting all provide outstanding opportunities for young investigators to learn and to network with other professionals in their fields.

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running my research laboratory. The generous support from CRI has made a big difference for the past 3 years

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none - their professionalism is outstanding

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

I am funded by CRI as a postdoctoral fellow to do fundamental research in immunology. I am extremely impressed by how dedicated CRI is to the goal of using a greater understanding of the immune system in order to combat cancer. As can be seen from the very important recent advances in therapeutics that have come from this approach, CRI's investment in this field is profoundly impacting cancer research and treatment.

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I received postdoctoral fellowship funding from CRI and have benefited from their exceptional annual conference.

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June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

The Cancer Research Institute plays a very important role to support the work of scientists who have original ideas of cancer immunotherapy, which are promising, but not yet proven enough for obtaining financial support from commercial groups. In our laboratory we had the idea of localizing on tumor cells, with specific monoclonal antibodies, molecules, such as Major Histocompatibility Complexe (MHC), loaded with viral peptides, which can activate the T lymphocytes to attack the target tumor cells. Thank to a 3 years support provided by CRI, a senior post doc in our group, Dr Alena Donda, we were able to make the first demonstration of this therapeutic strategy in experimental animals (Donda et al. Cancer Immunity 2003). Furthermore, Dr Donda demonstrated that an MHC like molecules, called CD1d, loaded with a glycolipid ligand, called alphaGalCer, also targeted to the tumor cells by monoclonal antibodies, was capable to specifically inhibit tumor growth in vivo (Donda et al. J. Clin. Invest. 2008) and to give a sustained activation of the Natural Killer Cells known to be important in the innate immunity. Later this project was sponsored by industry, and may become a clinically useful form of cancer therapy; but the role of CRI in the initiation of this project was essential.

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Yes I have benefited from the Cancer Research Institute sponsoring and followed the results of many other projects supported by CRI

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I would suggest to select more specific original project and leave the expensive trial to be supported by industry

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

the Cancer Research Institute not only funded my postdoctoral research in tumor immunology but inserted me into the perfect environment to start building my research career. Through their PhD, postdoctoral and new investigator awards programs plus their anual meetings, the CRI puts together an impressive group of scientists all with different expertises and ideas but at the same time all with the same general goal: to defeat cancer.

The caliber of the scientists involved in CRI is simply outstanding, and the fact that many times a year they are all put together in the same room to discuss failures and successes in our fight against cancer has definitively yielded promising results. This is the perfect environment to be inserted as a young investigator and I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of this group of scientist. Most importantly, the network of scientists generated under CRI's umbrella is a permanent one, as investigators continue to interact and collaborate in cancer related projects for much longer than their CRI sponsored funding.

CRI is much more than a charity or funding agency, is truly an incubator for fantastic science, research and development.

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CRI funded my research which led to a better understanding of how one of the most promising drugs against melanoma works. It further my career by making me part of a fantastic network of scientist. It continues to make an impact on my research through collaborations generated during my fellowship but that continue to grow over time.

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I would increase its funding so more young and established scientist can further their careers and work together towards a cancer cure.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

the caliber of the scientists, and the long term vision that this organization has regarding the generation of the perfect critical mass of scientist working in immunology and cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

The funding provided by CRI allowed me to support a wonderfully talented postdoctoral fellow from Africa to embark on an almost entirely unexplored area of research relevant to human infectious diseases, autoimmune disease and cancer. These studies open up an important new area of research specifically related to human immunology. Because of hard work and enthusiasm this fellow has made much additional progress on investigations related to the understanding of a spectrum of virus-associated cancers that occur word-wide, to autoimmune disease and tumor immunology; moreover this young scientist is now well on the way to an independent career. Without the constant support of CRI this would not have been possible.

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allowing my laboratory and my students to conduct research in innovative new areas of human immunobiology.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their funding to make more of their important and creative work possible.

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