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The Children's National Research Institute

Center for Cancer and Immunology Research

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Cancer and Immunology Research

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


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

Our Work

Catherine Bollard, M.B.Ch.B., director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology at Children's National

The Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (CCIR) has recently experienced extensive restructuring of its leadership and management infrastructure. In 2017, Catherine M. Bollard, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., was appointed Center Director. An executive committee has also been created, consisting of eight members representing 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.

  • 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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