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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.

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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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June 14, 2011

As a recipient of CRI's predoctoral fellowship, I had the fortunate experience to attend the annual scientific symposium sponsored by CRI which brings exceptional basic scientists in the fields of immunology and cancer biology together with oncologists tasked to implement novel immunotherapies. This conferences highlight CRI's great vision of sponsoring research at a fundamental level as well as supporting translational research.

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funding for my PhD thesis in tumor immunology as well as attending extremely good scientific conferences.

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support even more young investigators in basic immunology to increase awareness and prompt more research on tumor immunology.

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June 14, 2011

My experience of CRI as a beneficiary of their funding program has shown me how dedicated they are to find novel and effective cures for cancer. One of the few charities that I know of that understand the relevance of basic research in order to further cancer therapy. Moreover conferences and fundraisers sponsored by them go a long way in helping to translate cutting edge science into therapy.

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my work, at their conferences

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work at it making it better known

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June 14, 2011

I give this organization my top rating because I am very familiar with the work they do. I was a participant in a cancer vaccine trial that was underwritten by the Cancer Research Institute. I know that this trial would not have happened without the research grant from CRI.

As a result of
the clinical trial I participated in 7 years ago, I am still in remission from ovarian cancer today, and I am extremely grateful to CRI for their support of this small research study.

I have also had the opportunity to meet their staff and attend some fundraising events. They have a lean, well run organization with an admirably high percentage of funds going directly to grants for cancer immunotherapy research. I have also personally met several of the research scientists they support, and these are internationally known researchers with excellent credentials. They all say how important the financial support of CRI has been in making it possible to conduct their groundbreaking studies.

CRI has a fascinating website too, with some really great information on recent advances in cancer immunotherapy. Some of the current successes out there now such as Gardisil (cervical cancer vaccine) and Provenge (prostate cancer vaccine) came from researcher studies CRI helped to underwrite. A recently approved vaccine to prevent recurrence in melanoma is the latest CRI supported research effort on its way to the consumer market. So they are really accomplishing a lot.

This is a first-rate charity. It is one of the few I would actually contribute money to, because of their great track record in supporting cancer immunotherapy research, the many successes that have come out of the studies they help to fund, and the high standards they meet as a charitable organization.

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See above - I have attended a few of their educational and fundraising events and find the organization, and the doctors they support, to be first rate.

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Not change a thing.

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