Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute

Innovative Drug Discovery and DesignConnecting Research Strengths Across the State Collaborative Teams Drive Innovation Developing Imaging Tools for Cancer Detection and TreatmentEstablishing Preclinical Models for Drug TestingDeciphering Distinct Molecular Signatures of Cancer



Investigators in the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) are dedicated to conducting innovative and integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer.  Our programmatic structure fosters multi-disciplinary cancer research by promoting interactions among research groups with distinct expertise and by training young scientists to work across scientific fields. Clinical partnerships provide key translational insight and strengthen the mission of discovery.


HCRI Mission Statement:

Innovative and integrative research confronting the complex challenges of cancer


Engineering the Immune System to kill Cancer Cells

June 16, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

In late 2015, former President Jimmy Carter announced that he was free of the metastatic melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain. In addition to surgery and radiation, Carter was treated with an immunotherapy drug, a new approach in cancer treatment that has a promising outlook.

Notre Dame Research to showcase Commercialization Opportunities at BIO 2016

June 06, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

The University of Notre Dame will attend the 2016 BIO International Convention, which is hosted by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) from June 6 - 9, 2016 in San Francisco. Represented Notre Dame Research groups at the event include the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), the Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano), as well as Technology Transfer.

Study reveals Insights into Protein linked to Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease

June 03, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

 A new study from University of Notre Dame researchers suggests that there are alternative approaches to targeting specific protein molecules that sustain Alzheimer's disease, a significant finding for future clinical applications.


Harper Cancer Research Institute Open House

Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:00PM - 6:30PM • Harper Hall, 1234 Notre Dame Ave, South Bend IN 46617 • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Please join us for an open house and auction on Tuesday, June 28 4:00-6:30pm at Harper Hall, 1234 Notre Dame Avenue South Bend IN 46617

Open House1 Web

  • Tour the HCRI labs and learn about cancer research being done in the South Bend community.
  • Meet Todd Lyght, 88' ND Football National Championship team and Super Bowl champion, and Reggie Brooks,

Jazz Around the Bend

Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:00AM - 1:00PM • Beiger Mansion Inn, 317 Lincolnway E, Mishawaka, Indiana 46544 • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

SAVE THE DATE for RiverBend Cancer Services, Jazz Around the Bend! 

Jazz Logo Standard


Coaches vs. Cancer Silent Auction

Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM • Four Winds Field, South Bend IN • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Join us for a fun night at the Silent Auction Reception the evening before the tournament on July 31, 2016 from 6-9pm at Four Winds Field. 

Be sure to come out and join Coach Mike Brey, alongside special VIP guest and legend Troy Murphy and alumni ND men's basketball players.  The evening will include heavy appetizers, a complimentary beer and wine bar, and a cash liquor bar.  Last year over $21,000 was raised at the auction with a variety of once-in-a-lifetime sports packages, experiences, trips and much more!