Cancer Research Institute, Inc.

Rating: 4.99 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

When I began my career in cancer research in 1989, CRI was the only organization that believed in supporting junior researchers as the future of cancer immunotherapy. I had just had my NIH grant turned down and CRI gave me an investigators grant that allowed me to launch my career. They then funded a number of postdoctoral fellows, who are now themselves independent cancer immunology leaders at institutions all over the world. Without CRI, I would not be doing this today. Starting in 2010, cancer immunotherapy has emerged as the "new" breakthrough approach to cancer therapy but this is actually the fruit of decades of labor and CRI has been steadfastly behind that research from the beginning.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

funding my research and the research of postdoctoral scientists under my mentorship

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

triple their funding so that their profound influence on cancer immunotherapy could be even further amplified

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I was a recipient of a CRI postdoctoral fellowship at the start of my independent scientific career to study very basic aspects of the immune system. I have always admired the wisdom and courage of the CRI to fund at the same time translational and very basic research in immunology. Furthermore, the quality of the scientific board and the technical staff is, in my opinion, outstanding, assuring that the funds are applied to truly worthy clinical and research programs in a very efficient manner.

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The support given by the CRI was essential to allow me to receive the essential postdoctoral training in a high profile laboratory

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

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) supports clinical research in a very productive manner. We received specific support for clinical research and development, which was key to the success of our projects. Investigator-initiated clinical studies are very difficult to finance, yet they represent a central element in modern medical centers. It is very important to move clinical research up the value scale, and the CRI plays a crucial role in this process. State-of-the-art academic studies are increasingly needed to promote bio-medical excellence at University Centers, in partnership with patients and their organizations, and with private enterprises.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Support of clinical studies of immunotherapy of cancer patients

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

Organize conferences and promote communications to with the aim of establishing better and stronger programs of academic clinical studies in Oncology, such that they become a central part of University Hospital policies.

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As a past recipient of a CRI fellowship, I want to express my gratitude to a high profile Institution who helped move from the postdoctoral stage to my first group leader position - fast, unbureaucratic, efficient.

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awarding competitive fellowships

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from the point of view of the applicant, my experience couldn't have been more positive.

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I applaud the Cancer Research Institute's support of young scientists and of research that is somewhat risky, but with potentially great rewards. This forward thinking helps to develop a new generation of scientists that are creative -- which allows for many more possibilities to be realized.

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I have had a CRI supported fellow in my lab.

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none come to mind

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

The CRI supports great researchers doing great research and helps to develop the next generation of health science research.

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They are largely responsible for supporting the discoveries that I've made and those that I am going to make in the future.

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

Provide it with even more funding.

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Two years ago, we came up with a hypothesis relating to how immunotolerance is induced and maintained upon tumor development. With the help of financial support from the CRI, we have been able to throw more light on this pathway and our findings have the potential to translate into the development of novel immunotherapy approaches for the treatment of cancer. Thank you CRI

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Other than funding my research, I have not personally experienced the results of CRI

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

Make greater effort to broaden the CRI campaign-to reach more people and let them know about the work of CRI and how they can help achieve this fantastic goal of curing cancer through basic research

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

As a recipient of funding from the Cancer Research Institute, I give it high marks for having the courage to fund the risky innovative science that NIH doesn't prioritize. Discoveries made by Cancer Research Institute scientists have made direct impacts on cancer therapy and is highly respected in the field.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

obtaining a Investigator Award from the Cancer Research Institute.

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

The Cancer Research Institute represents a focused lean organization that is committed to seeing the important work done. They impact people's lives by helping to develop and deliver information, therapies and hope to patients with cancer. Their fund raising and success is largely a function of a very committed and dedicated staff that works in concert and has reduced the typical bureaucracy to a minimum. They provide promise of cures not in the far off distant future but more in the lifetimes of the patients that are dependent upon progress in the area of cancer treatments. In the past two years the financial crisis has made their work much more difficult but they have risen to the challenge.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending fund raising functions and also interacting with them in a professional capacity.

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

hope that a wider group of supporters would recognize the unique nature of their work and help them carry out their mission.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I was fortunate to receive a CRI Career Award when I was just starting my lab at the University of Washington. This funding provided me the latitude to pursue ideas that were too risky to compete for NIH funding. This permitted me to develop a line of investigation that continues to prove fruitful and important.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the funding I received as a new professor starting my lab.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would continue to grow the Career Award program.

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