Research Programs


NFCR has built science programs that now involve nearly 50 top research laboratories in the U.S. and other countries around the world. NFCR-funded scientists are conducting cutting-edge research around the clock on all major types of cancer and leading the way in many critical research areas.

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Research Discovery Centers

NFCR Center for Metastasis Research
Kansas University Medical Research Institute,  Kansas City, KS
Director: Danny Welch, Ph.D. NFCR Center for Molecular Imaging
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Director: James Basilion, Ph.D.
Joint Tissue Banking Facility
Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital
Director: Haixin Li, M.D., Ph.D. NFCR Center for Targeted Cancer Therapies
Translational Genomic Research Institute (TGEN), Phoenix, AZ
Director: Daniel Von Hoff, M.D.
Co-Director: Laurence Hurley, Ph.D.
NFCR Center for Therapeutic Antibody Engineering
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Director: Wayne Marasco, M.D., Ph.D. NFCR Center for Cancer Systems Informatics
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Director: Wei Zhang, Ph.D.


NFCR Research Fellows

This program is currently providing long-term and flexible funding to the distinguished and well-established scientists who are leaders in their respective research fields with close connections to research hospitals. This unique funding approach enables NFCR Fellows to perform innovative research in the laboratories and collaborate with clinicians in the hospitals to convert the potential life-saving discoveries into actual applications to benefit cancer patients.

webster_cavenee-bullet Webster Cavenee, Ph.D.
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
San Diego, California
yung-chi_cheng-bullet Stanley N. Cohen, M.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California
curt_civin-bullet Curt I. Civin, M.D.
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
stanley_cohen-bullet Waun Ki Hong, M.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
harold_dvorak-bullet Harold F. Dvorak, M.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts
waun_ki_hong-bullet Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
susan_horwitz-bullet Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York
Alan C. Sartorelli, Ph.D.
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
paul_schimmel-bullet Paul Schimmel, Ph.D.
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, California
helmut_sies-bullet Helmut Sies, M.D.
Dusseldorf, Germany
Yung-Chi Cheng, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut
W. K. Alfred Yung, Ph.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

NFCR Project Directors

This program is designed to encourage outstanding scientists to explore previously uncharted territories in search of the hidden causes of cancer. This research approach cultivates healthy academic competitions and provides scientists a precious opportunity to validate their most innovative ideas.

robert_bast-bullet Robert Bast, Jr., M.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
KateHorwitz_bullet Daniel A. Haber, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Charleston, Massachusetts
esther_chang-bullet Esther H. Chang, Ph.D.
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
rakesh_jain-bullet Kathryn Horwitz, Ph.D.
University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado
laurence_cooper_bullet Laurence J. N. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
janos_ladik-bullet Janos Ladik, Ph.D.
Universitaet Erlangen-Nurnberg
Erlangen, Germany
paul_fisher-bullet Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
VCU School of Medicine and the Massey Cancer Center
Richmond, Virginia
michael_sporn-bullet Michael Sporn, M.D.
Dartmouth Medical School
Hanover, New Hampshire
Jin Jen, M.D., Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
Alice Shaw, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

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