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  

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

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

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

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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I am an Immunology researcher and have received funding from the Cancer Research Institute for my laboratory. As a new investigator, the CRI funding allowed me to get my research started quickly and allowed me to get results allowing me to successfully compete for NIH funding for my research focused on immunology, inflammation and autoimmune disease.

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

Giving funding to promising young investigators.

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

More funding available for research.

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Their ability to fund young investigators in Immunology research.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

I was a recipient of 3 year postdoctoral fellowship from CRI. I think CRI is playing a crucial role in supporting young scientists to develop their career. It role is very important for our future of science, particularly when public funding is affected by economic crisis and politics.

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It was very important to develop my career as a scientist.

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Since the duration of postdoctoral training is getting longer, if transitional fellowship from postdoc to faculty can be provided by CRI, that would be great.

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CRI continues to play a critical role in the development of immunologic therapy for cancer.

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The CRI provided funding to my laboratory in the early stage of my career. This lead to a clinical trial of a vaccine in multiple myeloma that is currently enrolling patients.

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I received three years fellowship from CRI for my research at the university of Chicago. This fellowship helped us to start a very competitive project . CRI grants help many labs to fund important research works especially when other funding sources are affected due to economic crisis. CRI is doing a great job of providing stable fundings . This allows us to focus on our research. I appreciate CRI's commitment towards science. I am very proud of being a part of CRI community.

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this organisation is funding for my research and this organisation also helped me to attend many scientific meetings.

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