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 faculty receive pilot grants from Indiana CTSI

September 22, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Indiana CTSI

Three College of Science faculty are among the 23 recipients of Spring Core Pilot Grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The Core Pilot Grant program provides small pilot grants to access labs and technology whose resources can help kick-start promising basic research projects with high potential to go on to attract additional dollars from outside funding sources, such as the National Institutes of Health and public foundations. The program provides all grant recipients access to more than 60 core facilities across the Indiana CTSI member institutions of Indiana University (IU), Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

Finding Courage to Face Down Cancer

September 17, 2014 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Notre Dame psychology professor Tom Merluzzi studies how cancer patients and cancer survivors find coping resources and the spiritual strength to overcome their sickness.

It’s not unusual to hear cancer researchers talk about how cancer has impacted their lives. For many, the disease looms like a specter, both inspiring their work and reminding them of the countless lives it affects.

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.



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.