Center for Cancer Immunology Research
Directors: Patrick Hwu, M.D., and Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D.
The CCIR addresses immunology-based approaches to the treatment of cancer and has emerged as a one-of-a-kind research program that allows laboratory immunologists to work with clinical oncologists to develop new or improved forms of cancer immunotherapy that activate and instruct our immune system to eliminate cancer and prevent its recurrence.
Unlike targeted therapy and conventional chemotherapy for most malignancies, immunotherapy has the advantage of providing long-term clinical benefit in some patients. Although this benefit has not been seen in all patients treated with immunotherapy, one of the goals of the CCIR is to improve our understanding of the immune system, especially in the context of the tumor immune microenvironment, in order to modulate immunity to optimally enhance patient outcome.
Since the center's inception in 2003, CCIR investigators have made remarkable progress in the number of high-quality publications, level of research support, and number of investigator-initiated pre-clinical studies/clinical trials.
To learn more about the CCIR, we invite you to read our recent Annual Report (Fiscal Year 2013); please click on the image below to open a PDF version of the report.
- Study led by Dr. Laurence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D shows restored immunity for cancer-related fungal infections
- Listen to James Allison, Ph.D., and Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., discuss how immunotherapy is changing cancer treatment
- Dr. Larry Kwak,M.D., Ph.D. and scientists discover potential new target for cancer immunotherapy
- Dr. Allison shares Tang Prize for his immunotherapy innovation
- Dr. James Allison elected fellow of the AACR Academy
- Immunotherapy innovator wins 2014 Canada Gairdner International Award
- Cancer immunotherapy leader Allison to receive 2014 Szent-Gyorgyi Prize
- MD Anderson Announces Collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation on cancer immunotherapy
- MD Anderson teams up with Pfizer to advance cancer immunotherapy
The FY15 Seminar Series will begin in September 2014, including:
- CCIR Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series
- CIC Invited Speaker Seminar Series
- CCIR Student/Post-doc Seminar Series
All seminars will be held on Thursday at 10am in the South Campus Research Building. The full schedule will be posted in late August 2014.
Dr. Mark Davis with winners of the
2014 CCIR Poster Session