The Kirk Center for Childhood Cancer and Immunological Disorders

Benjamin Geiger, Director (until July 2010)
The Professor Erwin Neter Professorial Chair of Cell and Tumor Biology

Michal Neeman, Director (from August 2010)
The Helen and Morris Mauerberger Professorial Chair in Biological Sciences

The Kirk Center for Childhood Cancer and Immunological Disorders was founded in 2006. Its primary objectives are to advance our understanding of childhood diseases such as cancer (e.g., leukemias), and immunological disorders such as asthma, allergies, acquired immunodeficiencies, and various aspects of inflammation and immune system deregulation.

At the Weizmann Institute of Science, investigations into these topics are particularly promising, both due to their potential to highlight the mechanisms underlying these diseases, thereby enabling the design of effective therapeutic approaches, and the possibility of joining forces with clinicians, and contributing to the development of novel therapies and diagnostic approaches.

To contribute to these important goals, the Kirk Center supports early stage, cutting-edge research related to childhood diseases and immunological disorders, enabling the purchase of vital instrumentation, and covering the cost of conferences addressing a range of topics in pediatric research. In 2009-2010, the Kirk Center financed the following research projects, courses and conferences: