Our History

Our History

Celebrating 65 Years of Advancing Cancer Research

National Cancer Center was founded by Dr. J. Ernest Ayre, in 1953 as a non-profit organization committed to research and education about cancer. Dr. Ayre was a pioneer in refining and promoting the Pap test for women, a major factor in reducing deaths from cervical cancer by 70%. He was also one of the first researchers to recognize the enormous potential of Interferon for cancer treatment.

Dr. Ayre’s dedication and accomplishments have been emblematic of the work we have carried out for over 65 years. Of the six million dollars of fellowship awards more than granted, NCC is pleased to have funded a record $450,000 this year, in 2019, to eleven exceptional, post-doctoral scientists at a wide range of academic and scientific institutions.

We are currently funding research at Duke University, Yale University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University, the Salk Institute, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other prominent universities and research institutes throughout the U.S.