Cancer Research Institute, Inc.

Rating: 4.99 stars   80 reviews

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Location: One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway Suite 1802 New York NY 10006 USA

Mission: The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is the world's only nonprofit organization dedicated soley to advancing immunological research leading to the development of immune system-based treatments for cancer. CRI provides funding and coordination to support all levels of research in immunology and tumor immunology, from basic studies to clinical investigation of promising new cancer treatments.
Results: CRI has conducted more than 40 early stage clinical trials of unique cancer vaccines, and has made significant contributions to our knowledge of the human immune response to cancer immunotherapy. CRI researchers have also identified numerous cancer cell markers that are now being tested as targets for immunotherapy. CRI has empowered academic investigators around the world to conduct important clinical discovery, accelerating the translation of new knowledge into treatments for cancer patients.
Target demographics: Under the leadership of our Scientific Advisory Council, which includes 4 Nobel Laureates and 28 members of the National Academy of Sciences, CRI funds academic research in immunology and tumor immunology at universities and health research centers around the world.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 300 scientists and clinicians in 15 countries
Geographic areas served: National, International
Programs: Clinical Research: *Cancer Vaccine Collaborative, a joint program with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, that supports a network of 19 academic clinical trial sites and immune monitoring laboratories around the world conducting early phase clinical trials of the most promising cancer immunotherapies; *the Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium, an association of more than 70 pharmaceutical & biotech companies and academic institutions engaged in late-stage product development that work together to shape the emerging field of immuno-oncology; *Cancer Vaccine Acceleration Fund, a unique venture philanthropy model designed to partner our clinical trials network with companies and their promising vaccine reagents. Basic Research & Training: *Investigator Award program, providing 4 years of bridge support to newly established laboratories at universities; *Irvington Fellowship Program, provides 3 years of postdoctoral fellowship funding to talented scientists working under the mentorship of leading immunologists; *Predoctoral Pathways program, offering 4-year grants to universities to establish tumor immunology educational curriculum for graduate students.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Twenty five years ago I received a posdoctoral fellowship from the CRI. This allowed me to get an unvaluable training in the field of cancer immunology that was the start of my scientific career. CRI did not mind the fact that I was a young physician just arrived in the US, and generously funded my research. CRI is the perfect example of a phylantropic organization in the frontier of new knowledge and humankind. I am now a top administrator of one of the largests European Universities and I remain grateful to CRI for their support.

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CRI allowed me to start my scientific career.

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Keep going!!

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As a former recipient of Cancer Research Institute postdoc fellowship, I am very grateful to CRI for the generous support to allow me to carry out frontier research work in chemical biology at Harvard University. It was an eye opening experience that not only broadened my understanding at the interface of chemistry and biology, but also gave me an inspiration to choose my own research topic related to cancer and immunology. In my independent academic work, I have benefited tremendously from that postdoctoral experience and I am glad I have made the right decision to develop new anticancer drugs.

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CRI has made a profound impact on my career!

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keep it as it is

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Rating: 5 stars  

In 2008, the Cancer Research Institute was the only agency that was
willing to fund a risky project whose objective it is to understand
why the immune system fails in the elderly. Since then, this study has
yielded exciting results on how aging of stem cells influences immune
function and we are currently preparing two manuscripts on our work.
We have recently procured a grant by the National Institute on Aging,
totaling $658,000, to follow up on these results. Obviously, we would
not have been able to undertake this project without the visionary
support of the Cancer Research Institute.

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As a recipient of a fellowship by the Cancer Research Institute

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Advertise and educate more on the diverse work the CRI is funding

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I was a recipient of funding from the CRI to conduct my postdoctoral research and I am a yearly donor to this institute. I am very positive about the CRI and their mission because they get results. They understand the process of discovery and innovation well enough to invest in basic research of the immune system because the findings that come from such basic studies are the building blocks of translational research. And, they have the vision to support efforts to take key basic findings from the bench to the bedside. A key case in point is the development of the immunotherapeutic drug Ipilimumab, which the CRI helped advance, as a treatment for melanoma.

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Money from the CRI has helped support my research efforts.

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Public outreach/education.

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

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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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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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

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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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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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Likely

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Likely

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Definitely

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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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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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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

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