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


Notre Dame celebrates 150 years of science

September 11, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


The University of Notre Dame’s College of Science will celebrate 150 years of science at Notre Dame beginning this month through September 2015. The college will host numerous events throughout the year in collaboration with the local community and national sponsors.

The Center for History will offer a year-long exhibit, “From Astrophysics to Zebrafish: 150 Years of Science at Notre Dame.” Focusing on Notre Dame’s history of scientific research and education, the exhibit includes artifacts of early scientific lab equipment, fossils and photographs of legendary Notre Dame scientists and their discoveries. The exhibit is open to the public through Aug. 2, 2015. Admission is charged.


Indianapolis Shamrock Series events will include academic programs and service activities

September 08, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage


University of Notre Dame fans descending on Indianapolis for the Shamrock Series off-site home football game between the Fighting Irish and Purdue Boilermakers on Sept.13 (Saturday) will have an opportunity to enjoy a series of academic and service activities in the days leading up to the game.

Notre Dame’s College of Science will sponsor an academic event titled, “Let’s Have a Moment of Science” at 9:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 12) at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian Street. The event will include fun, hands-on investigations in ecology, chemistry, math and physics. At 10:30, three Notre Dame College of Science faculty will make presentations in the Indiana Children’s Museum’s Lilly Theater. Matt Leevy will discuss “3-D Printing: Building a Better Tomorrow in Medicine and Manufacturing, Layer by Layer;” Justin Crepp will address “Earth-like Worlds Orbiting Other Suns;” and Jennifer Tank will examine “Preventing Coastal Dead Zones from a Distance.” The events are free and open to the public.

South Bend's Stand Up to Cancer Viewing Party

September 08, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

A packed house of Michiana cancer survivors and advocates gathered Friday night for a “Stand up to Cancer” telecast viewing party at the Harper Cancer Research Institute.The American Cancer Society's South Bend Relay for Life teamed up with the Harper Cancer Research Institute to host the event. The money raised by watch parties around the country will support the Stand Up to Cancer team assigned to lung cancer research, which is funded in part by the American Cancer Society. Watch the news clip of the SU2C viewing party on WNDU's website.


Dooley Society Lecture: Mind, Body, Spirit: Maintaining Balance as a Physician

Sat Oct 4, 2014 11:00AM - 12:00PM • Jordan Hall of Science • Calendars: Homepage

Lance Maki M.D.

RiverBend Cancer Services’ “Breakthrough” event

Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:30PM - 8:00PM • Debartolo Performing Arts Center at Notre Dame • Calendars: Homepage

This year's Breakthrough event, Game Plan for Survival, features keynote speaker Meg Brown, former Texas Longhorn basketball player, and her inspirational story of surviving a nearly fatal battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Meg will tell her six survival secrets, plus a short presentation will be given by Dr. Sharon Stack, Director of Harper Cancer Research Institute, on local cancer research efforts.The event will begin on the second floor lobby at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame and the Keynote Address will be held in the Browning Cinema. There will be refreshments and FREE ADMISSION

4th Annual Harper Cancer Research Institute's Research Day

Mon Apr 13, 2015 • TBD • Calendars: Homepage




You will NOT want to miss this event - it promises to be bigger and better than ever!


A perfect opportunity to view much of the cancer research being done right here on Notre Dame's campus.