Review: The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Cancer Websites, Research — By on April 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm

mitkochcancerresearchcenterThe David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research – the cornerstone of a major research initiative comparable to MIT’s spearheading the development of radar technology in World War II – will be housed in a new state-of-the-art cancer research facility, scheduled to open in 2010.

The new Koch Institute will build on the pioneering research of MIT’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR), founded by Nobel Prize winner Salvador E. Luria in 1974, and will bring to the next level MIT’s longstanding commitment to unraveling the molecular core of the disease.

On October 9, 2007, MIT announced a $100 million gift from Koch Industries executive and MIT alumnus David H. Koch in order to usher in new paradigms in highly integrative cancer research.

This gift will bring together MIT scientists and engineers under one roof to develop new and powerful ways to detect, diagnose, treat, and manage this often deadly disease.

For three decades, CCR has been a mainstay of MIT’s – and the nation’s – efforts to conquer cancer. Its faculty has included five Nobel Prize winners, and the wealth of fundamental discoveries that have emerged under its aegis have helped shape the face of molecular biology.

Under the banner of the Koch Institute, the future promises to hold even more astounding advances.

Though they do not directly provide clinical care for cancer patients, discoveries made by Koch Institute scientists and engineers will make a broad impact on how the disease is detected and managed.

Applying their great strengths in science and technology, and working closely with their clinical collaborators, The new Koch Institute will be tireless in unraveling the complexities of this disease and bringing new discoveries to patients.

The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT both transforms and transcends the MIT Center for Cancer Research (CCR). 

CCR/Koch remains one of only eight National Cancer Institute-designated basic research centers in the US. Their faculty has earned the most prestigious national and international science honors.

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