About the Cancer Research Foundation

The mission of the Cancer Research Foundation (CRF) is to help find the cures for cancer by funding innovative clinical and laboratory cancer research projects in Chicago medical centers. Founded by the late Maurice Goldblatt and today led by his son, Stanford J. Goldblatt and daughter, Merle Goldblatt Cohen, the CRF provides the resources for young scientists developing their research programs and senior scientists on the brink of discovery.

The CRF specifically funds:

  • First-year students in the Cancer Biology graduate program (PhD) at the University of Chicago (Bernice Goldblatt Fellows);
  • Young investigators, including post-MD/PhD scientists who are in the process of establishing independent research projects and who have never received cancer research funding; and
  • Senior scientists performing research of exceptional caliber.

The CRF has been a steadfast and generous supporter of cancer research for many decades.

Over the past 50 years, the CRF has provided over $20 million to the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC). In 2009, the CRF generously provided the UCCCC with an initial gift of $3 million dollars to support a unique research program in studying therapy-related acute myeloid leukemia. “The CRF has been a steadfast and generous supporter of cancer research for many decades,” said Dr. Michelle Le Beau, Director of the UCCCC. “This is one more example of the CRF’s commitment that Maurice Goldblatt established so many years ago.”