What We Do 




The 2014 team of collaborating researchers in the SWCRF's Institute Without Walls.


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) believes that collaboration is the most critical means to bring advances from science more rapidly. We fund innovative research to bring faster cures to patients.

Our funded-investigators become members of the Foundation's Institute Without Walls, who share resources and tools to bring faster cures to patients.

Our commitment has resulted in major breakthroughs—from discovering pathways to deliver drugs to identifying potential novel therapeutics. Grants to Foundation-funded scientists often leverage additional funding from major cancer organizations, such as the National Cancer Institute. 

In addition to supporting ongoing collaborative research in specific cancers, our scientists are investigating the biology of cancer to find treatments across disease types.

The world-class group of scientists who represent our Institute Without Walls share information and resources to speed the pace of cancer research.

In 2014 alone, this collaborative model of scientific investigation has led to several discoveries that have been published in the world's leading scientific journals. A sampling of these breakthroughs include:


Collaborators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Harvard Medical School discovered how mutated enzymes cause ICC, a deadly form of liver cancer. This discover was published in Nature.





Our funded team at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University was published in Oncotarget for identifying genes that can predict tumors that hide from the immune system.









One of our funded collaborators at the Salk Institute discovered a gene that fights the spreading of a certain lung cancer. His finding was documented in Molecular Cell.

Collectively, these and other recent findings by our collaborators help science better understand how cancer behaves and map out a course of action to develop potential therapies that improve the quality of life for cancer patients and hopefully will one day find a cure.

For more information on our researchers' recently published accomplishments, read our 2014 Science Update here.