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 nearly 70 years. Of the more than seven million dollars of fellowship awards granted, NCC is pleased to have funded a record $658,00 this year, in 2021, to sixteen new and renewed exceptional, post-doctoral scientists at a wide range of academic and scientific institutions.

In recent years we have funded research at Duke University, Yale University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University, the Salk Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, The Rockefeller University, Icahn School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, NYU School of Medicine, NYU Medical Center, Beckman Institute, City of Hope, Icahn School of Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other prominent universities and research institutes throughout the U.S.