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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

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 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

I received a grant from the CRI that was instrumental in allowing me to get my laboratory started at Washington University. CRI is a wonderful organization and I will always be grateful for their support at an early and critical stage of my career. I have now been running my lab for 13 years and we focus on how immune cells can become transformed leading to leukemia and lymphoma.

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My career as a basic scientist

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None. Perfect the way it is. Perhaps I would suggest to others that they contribute to CRI

June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

I received a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship from the CRI, which was much appreciated. In addition to supporting high-quality science, the CRI brings its members together for an annual conference in New York City. This small, tightly knit meeting is one of the best I have ever attended. The CRI, as a whole, really believes in its mission of using basic science to fight cancer, and you can tell from the passion and the intellect of the people it brings together.

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I received 3 years of funding for my research on the role of B lymphocytes in crosspresentation of tumor antigens.

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June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

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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June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

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.

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

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.

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

The Cancer Research Institute has been the fundamental body that has globally underpinned the whole discipline of cancer immunology. In Australia we have benefited from their graduate teaching program. It has funded a whole generation of Australia's next research leaders in cancer immunology.

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Every day I see the benefit of the Cancer Research Institute in the science of cancer immunology and translation of new cancer therapeutics into the clinic

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I would have the CRI form a global alliance with other partners to take the next wave of cancer immunotherapeutics into the clinic.

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