Earle A. Chiles Research Institute

Located within the Robert W. Franz Cancer Center in Portland, Ore., the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, a division of Providence Cancer Institute, is a world-class research facility founded by Walter J. Urba, M.D., Ph.D., director and endowed chair of cancer research, and a team of internationally-known researchers. Since 1993, 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. With a research team of more than 100, the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute garners over $4.5 million annually in federal, private and sponsored research funding. Learn more.

The Power of Precision Immunotherapy

Learn how we are combining immunotherapy and genomics for precision cancer care.

Introducing the Robert W. Franz Cancer Center

Honoring one of Oregon’s most prominent philanthropists and a long-time supporter of Providence.

Take a Tour and Meet our Scientists

Have lunch with a scientist and learn how the power the immune system can eliminate cancer.

Immunotherapy is a Game-Changer in Cancer Research

Learn how immunotherapy has ushered in a revolution in cancer research and care.

Celebrating 20 years of Immunotherapy Research

Learn how Providence Cancer Institute became a leading institution for cancer immunotherapy research and treatment.

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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