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CRI Virtual Awards Gala: Innovators in Science and Philanthropy

Join us on September 29, 2020, for the first-ever CRI Virtual Awards Gala, hosted by actor and comedian Joel McHale with special appearances by YouTuber Markiplier, Nobel Laureate Dr. James Allison, and musical guest Williams Honor.

Oliver R. Grace Award Presentation

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2020 CRI Scientific Awards Ceremony

We will bestow our highest honors on outstanding individuals whose contributions to cancer research—through scientific discovery or philanthropic leadership—have significantly advanced our mission to save more lives through immunotherapy: Innovators in Science and Philanthropy

The Cancer Research Institute is the world's leading nonprofit funder of global research efforts aimed at unleashing our immune system's natural ability to eliminate cancer. This important work, borne of generations of visionary dedication to the idea of cancer immunotherapy, is helping to save more lives now and will continue to do so for generations to come.


Receiving the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research

Mark Fischbach MarkiplierMark E. Fischbach aka Markiplier
YouTube Sensation and Philanthropist



Receiving the William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Basic and Tumor Immunology

Andrea Ablasser MDAndrea Ablasser, M.D.
Associate Head, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)


Glen Barber PhDGlen N. Barber, Ph.D.
Chairman and Professor, Department of Cell Biology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Zhijian James Chen PhDZhijian James Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Veit Hornung MDVeit Hornung, M.D.
Professor, Gene Center and Department of Biochemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Russell E Vance PhDRussell E. Vance, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Receiving the Frederick W. Alt Award for New Discoveries in Immunology

Tannishtha Reya PhDTannishtha Reya, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine, University of California, San Diego



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