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The Children's Research Institute

Center for Cancer & Immunology Research

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Cancer & Immunology Research

We drive groundbreaking basic and clinical research to benefit children with cancer, infection and immune-related disorders.

Vision

Our center’s vision is that personalized cures for cancer, immune disorders and blood diseases are available for every child.

Mission

Our mission is to drive groundbreaking basic and clinical research to benefit children with cancer, infection and immune-related disorders.

Our Work

Catherine Bollard, M.B.Ch.B., director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology at Children's NationalThe Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (CCIR) has had a significant time of transition with the appointment of a new Center Director, Catherine M. Bollard, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., and extensive restructuring of the leadership and management infrastructure. We created an executive committee with eight members representing all the key components of research, as well as center and business administration. 

The center has made major research advances pre-clinically and clinically, with advances in:

  • The understanding of key signaling pathways involved with brain tumor development; and
  • Translational research with several key first-in-human studies opened utilizing novel cell therapies for the treatment of cancer, as well as life-threatening viral infections.  

The Center was honored to be awarded a $1.5 million gift from the Children's National Board of Visitors to perform immunotherapy research at Children’s National. In addition, a memorandum of understanding with the George Washington University (GWU) was signed to expand immune cell therapy research to GWU as a joint Children's National-GWU program.

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