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Rutgers Big Ideas

What are the Rutgers Big Ideas? They comprise 12 exceptional projects, narrowed down from over 200 proposals submitted. Rutgers Big Ideas embody the creativity, innovation, vitality, and engagement of Rutgers, New Jersey’s academic, health, and research powerhouse. These Big Ideas take advantage of Rutgers’ unique, statewide capacity, driven by faculty and researchers across disciplines, divisions, and locations. 

The Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Cancer Immunology and Metabolism Center of Excellence at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey was chosen as one of the 12 Big Ideas. The goal of the Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Cancer Immunology and Metabolism Center of Excellence is to grow and link the leading work at Rutgers Cancer Institute in cancer metabolism with new work in cancer immunology to improve and increase therapies available to patients; develop cutting-edge facilities to create and test new interventions; facilitate commercial and university collaborations; and end cancer as we know it.

The Center of Excellence is in a unique position to leverage its current expertise and resources to change the landscape of cancer metabolism and immunotherapy research. But further resources are needed. The recruitment of additional faculty will expand and deepen the Cancer Institute’s ability to impact the field. Launching an in-house certified Good Manufacturing Practice facility will allow care teams to quickly bring immunotherapy to cancer patients. Investing in core technologies and customized equipment will help researchers remain at the forefront of cancer research and solidify the Center of Excellence as a go-to partner for cutting-edge resources. Finally, seed money for research awards will generate new data to support applications for large-scale federal funding and spawn game-changing discoveries.

If you are interested in supporting the Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Cancer Immunology and Metabolism Center of Excellence at Rutgers Cancer Institute, please contact the Rutgers Cancer Institute Development Office at

Tapping into the dynamic relationship between the immune system and cancer, work begins within the Duncan and Nancy MacMillan Cancer Immunology and Metabolism Center of Excellence with an aim of developing new immunotherapies and novel cell-based treatments. Dr. Steven Libutti, Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute, discusses the Center and its importance as one of Rutgers University's Big Ideas in this video.



Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey relies on your support to pursue promising discoveries and ensure our physicians, researchers, and care teams have the tools they need to deliver the best patient care backed by the latest research.

As New Jersey’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute is committed to providing world class cancer care to those in New Jersey and beyond.

Your gift to Rutgers Cancer Institute gives hope. Contributions fuel research that leads to better, more effective diagnoses, treatment options, prevention methods, and detection of cancer.

Extension of CARES Act Charitable Giving Incentives

On December 27, 2020, in response to the ongoing economic strain of the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed and the president signed into law the COVID-19 Relief and Government Funding Bill, which extends through 2021 various cash charitable giving incentives included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act of 2020.

Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey while accommodating your own personal, financial, and charitable goals. Philanthropic planning can assist various estate planning priorities including reducing taxes. Just as important, a planned gift is a meaningful contribution to ground-breaking research and patient care at Rutgers Cancer Institute.

To learn more about what the extension of CARES Act might mean for your 2021 gifting strategies or making a planned gift to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, please call 848-932-8013.

We are working together to lead and shape the nation’s fight against cancer, and our progress requires your support. Your gift will help:


We live in a state that ranks among the highest in the nation for cancer incidence rates. With more than 100,000 patient visits annually, Rutgers Cancer Institute meets a critical need in our community. 


Our world-class scientists and physicians make cancer discoveries that have changed and will continue to change our understanding and treatment of cancer. We are the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state, conducting innovative research to improve early detection, prevention, and treatment.


Patients work together with their multidisciplinary team of specialists and become true partners in their cancer care. Our oncologists, surgeons, scientists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and nutritionists all come together with a common goal: to help individuals fight cancer.


As one of only a select number of NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only one in New Jersey, we provide patients access to the most advanced cancer therapies right in our community.

We offer New Jerseyans the tremendous benefits of outstanding and pioneering cancer care without the burden of traveling out of state.


Rutgers Cancer Institute is a place where students, residents, and fellows are trained alongside our world-class scientists and physicians; together they discover, develop, and deliver new cancer treatments to our patients.

We are a proud member of the Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium that allows our doctors and researchers to work collaboratively with peers at Big 10 universities to bring the most innovative care to our patients.