Research Results

The Conquer Cancer Foundation is fueling cancer research by pursuing dramatic advances in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cures of cancer.  We support and promote high-quality clinical and translational research by funding the best and brightest investigators working around the globe to conquer cancer.

Program Milestones

For more than 30 years, CCF has been supporting cutting-edge cancer research. The Grants and Awards Program is and has been a cornerstone resource for many ASCO members engaged in clinical research at various stages of their careers. As we celebrate the achievements of the program, we continue to facilitate the partnership between supporters and cancer researchers toward their mutual goal of conquering cancer.

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Research Discoveries

Read about the latest advances made by CCF-funded researchers. 


October 4, 2016

This 8-year-old is free of cancer — for now — after a ‘breakthrough’ treatment

Rebecca Gardner, MD (2013 Career Development Award) and her colleagues at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are modifying  the body’s infection-fighting blood cells to recognize - and fight - cancer.

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September 27, 2016

Regulatory RNA Essential to DNA Damage Response

Adam Schmitt, MD (2012 Young Investigator Award) was part of a research team at Stanford University that have discovered a new RNA molecule involved in regulation of the DNA damage response. A paper describing the research was published online Sept. 26 in Nature Genetics.

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September 22, 2016

Melanoma Tumors Use Interferon-Gamma Mutations to Fight Immunotherapy

Jianjun Gao, MD, PhD (2012 Young Investigator Award), at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and colleagues reported that melanoma tumors use genetic mutations in a prominent immune response pathway to resist the immunotherapy ipilimumab. The study was published in the journal Cell.

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September 19, 2016

New Immunotherapy for Leukemia Shows Promise in Small Clinical Trial 

Todd A. Fehniger, MD, PhD (2007 Young Investigator Award) and his colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that the immune system’s “natural killer” cells can be dialed up in the laboratory, trained to recall that activation and then effectively unleashed to destroy cancer cells in some patients.

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Researcher Spotlights

Meet the researchers who are helping to make real progress against cancer. 


Conquering Cancer with Dr. Sarah Tasian

Dr. Tasian (2011 Young Investigator Award) of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia discovers a promising new treatment for children with high-risk leukemia.

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Conquering Cancer with Dr. Ran Reshef

Dr. Reshef (2013 Career Development Award, 2010 Young Investigator Award) of Columbia University Medical Center investigates a promising treatment for graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), a serious complication of stem cell transplants.  

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Conquering Cancer with Dr. Karen Effinger

Dr. Effinger (2014 Young Investigator Award) of Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta investigates the long-term effects faced by pediatric cancer survivors.

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