Earle A. Chiles Research Institute

The Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute is a world-class research facility located within Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Ore. Founded in 1993 by Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D., director of cancer research, and a team of internationally-recognized scientists, our main area of investigation is cancer immunotherapy, a specialized field of study focused on harnessing the innate power of the immune system to cure cancer. The Earle A. Chiles Research Institute garners more than $2 million annually in federal and other sponsored grant funding and has a research staff of more than 100 team members. Learn how we are "Making History by Being First".

At the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, we are dedicated to: 

Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center tours

Come learn how internationally recognized cancer researchers are conducting promising research aimed at harnessing the power within our bodies' own immune systems as a tool to fight cancer.

Landmark partnership to develop OX-40-targeted therapeutics

A potential new cancer therapy is being studied for its ability to treat cancer in patients worldwide.

Whole genome sequencing: Personalized medicine's next step

Preventive and therapeutic practices are custom designed for each patient's specific needs.

Power of philanthropy for research

Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D., explains how donor support helps bring new treatments to patients.

Educate and boost immune system

Cancer researchers focus on triggering the immune system to fight cancer.

Groundbreaking Immunotherapy: More tailored, less toxic treatments

Inside your body, there are millions of tiny troopers mobilized against invaders.

Dr. Urba honored as 'cancer warrior'

The Oregon Historical Society recognized Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D., as a 2014 Oregon History Maker, referencing him as a "cancer warrior."

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