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


Midwest Ovarian Cancer Coalition Workshop Highlights Research, Treatment and Advocacy

May 24, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Over 70 researchers from a dozen universities in the Midwest  gathered at Notre Dame for the 3rd Midwest Ovarian Cancer Coalition workshop to discuss the latest advances in ovarian cancer research. 

AD&T-supported Researchers improve Drug Delivery, spur Commercial Activity

May 24, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

A new cancer fighting technology developed by Basar Bilgicer and Tanyel Kiziltepe, two professors with deep ties to the University of Notre Dame’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics (AD&T) initiative, is making a rapid and exciting transition to a real-world, commercialized product—one that could increase the effectiveness of cancer medications while lessening their toxic effects and improving patients’ quality of life.

Dive into Notre Dame Research during the Alumni Reunion on June 3

May 24, 2016 • Categories: Announcements and Homepage

Notre Dame Research will be participating in the Alumni Association’s Annual Reunion event on the first Friday of June on the third floor of the Main Building. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the dome will be open to tours, where several offices will open their doors to alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the University. Additionally, other buildings on campus will also be open for tours throughout the day.


Cancer Survivor's Day

Sat Jun 4, 2016 7:00PM - 9:00PM • Four Winds Field, 501 W South St, South Bend, Indiana 46601 • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Join us at Four Winds Field for Cancer Survivors Day sponsored by RiverBend Cancer Services. 

Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.…

Golf Around the Bend

Wed Jun 8, 2016 10:00AM - 3:00PM • Harbor Shores Golf Course 201 Graham Ave, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022 • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Please join us for Golf Around the Bend at the preeminent Harbor Shores Golf Club

Golf Around The Bend


Date: June 8, 2016
Location: 201 Graham Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI
Home to the Senior PGA Championship
This exclusive golf event is limited to just 36 teams. Golfers will enjoy a buffet lunch, 18 holes on one of the most coveted courses in the Midwest, a chance to win a BMW and a Cadillac and a cocktail reception with awards.

Kelly Cares Foundation Invitational

Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:00AM - 6:00PM • Lost Dunes Golf Club, 9300 Red Arrow HWY, Bridgman MI 49106 • Calendars: Homepage and HCRI Events Calendar

Join us at the second annual Kelly Cares Invitational at the beatiful Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman, MI.
The day will feature a shotgun scramble, dinner, and a special presentation to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Lou Holtz Foundation.
Lost Dunes Golf Club in Bridgman, MI