The Harper Cancer Research Institute has received a $300,000 Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society (ACS), which is a renewal of the IRG grant from 2014. The ACS also renewed 12 other IRGs for centers, institutes, and medical schools around the country. 

With the IRG funds, as well as additional support provided by the Colleges of Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, the HCRI will again host an internal grant competition for Notre Dame faculty, with two $30,000 grants available per competition cycle. 

M. Sharon Stack, Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry and Ann F. Dunne Elizabeth Riley Director of the HCRI, said, “We will use this funding to support six different competition cycles, or 12 internal grants, over the next three years. The goal is to provide early career faculty with the seed funding they need to jump-start their research programs and successfully apply for larger grants. This will allow our researchers to be even more competitive on a national stage.”
This internal grant competition, which began in 2014, has helped several Notre Dame faculty members advance their research programs. For example, Laurie Littlepage, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, used previous funding from the IRGprogram to support her study of endocrine therapy-resistant breast cancer. Endocrine therapies are used to stop estrogen-receptor-positive tumors, or tumors that use estrogen to grow. However, this type of cancer can develop resistance over time to these treatments. In fact, about 70 percent of breast tumors are estrogen-receptor-positive and of those patients with this type of tumor, the ones who die will have developed resistance to their endocrine therapies.

Faculty from the University of Notre Dame presented their research at the Walther Cancer Found-ation Sympo-sium on Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The two-day event was hosted by the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) and took place at the Eck Visitors Center.
In addition to featuring presentations from a number of Notre Dame researchers, Vadim Backman, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine in Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University, provided the keynote address titled “Convergence of Nanoimaging and Biology: From Decoding Chromatin Packing to Cancer Diagnostics and Therapeutics.” During the address, Backman discussed how the development of new technologies could help lead to the discovery of anti-cancer therapies and more.

In discussing the symposium, M. Sharon Stack, Kleiderer-Pezold Professor of Biochemistry and Ann F. Dunne & Elizabeth Riley Director of the HCRI, said, “Events like the Walther Cancer Foundation Symposium provide an opportunity for researchers to discuss their successes and challenges and establish new collaborations that may be pivotal to discovering solutions for combatting cancer. We are grateful to the Walther Cancer Foundation for providing us this opportunity.”

The two-day event also included presentations by cancer researchers from Indiana University and Purdue University. 

Our vision at the HCRI is to be a preeminent cancer research institute that effectively combines research, education and outreach to address the major challenges in cancer research, provide training opportunities for the next generation of oncology researchers, and to serve the greater good in the global community.  It is by intentional design that the central pillar of our vision statement is the education of our trainees.

Since our foundation, over 1000 research trainees ranging from high school students to post-doctoral fellows have made hands-on contributions to cancer research in a diversity of HCRI labs. University of Notre Dame undergraduates and graduate students comprise the largest group of HCRI researchers-in-training.  Undergraduates use a variety of mechanisms to find a laboratory home, ranging from word-of-mouth, browsing faculty websites, and contacting professors that they meet in class.  Each laboratory has a unique training environment and training philosophy and opportunities exist for both complete novices and more seasoned lab workers.  For graduate students, who will spend long hours over multiple years developing and completing a project, taking the time to choose the right mentor and laboratory environment helps to ensure long term success.

6th Annual AD&T Symposium: Nano Research for the Biosciences

March 6, 8:30am - 4pm

McCourtney Hall, 54417 Leahy Drive, University of Notre Dame

Our keynote speaker this year is Paul Weiss, Presidential Chair and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Material Science & Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

HCRI Chili Cook-off

March 7, 4 pm - 6pm

Harper Hall, Multipurpose Room, 1234 Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend

$10 gives attendees unlimited tastings and 10 "votes". Proceeds support research at the Harper Cancer Research Institute

Camp Kesem's Make the Magic 2018

April 7, 6pm - 9pm

Club Naimoli in the Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame

Make the Magic is an annual event, raising funds for Camp Kesem which provides a week-long summer camp for children with parents who have cancer. They aim to support the children as they cope with their parents' illnesses. 

Cocktail hour and formal dinner followed by a live auction

Price per person: $60
Table of 8: $450
7th Annual HCRI Cancer Research Day

April 9, all day

The Morris Inn, 1399 N Notre Dame Avenue, University of Notre Dame

Research Day is an excellent opportunity to learn about cancer research being conducted in our community. This event includes a poster session, lectures, career panel and a Keynote Address.

May 31, 1pm - 6pm 
IU School of Medicine - South Bend, 1234 Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend
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