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Established in 1892 as the nation’s first independent medical research institution, The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development.
At the scientific forefront and with a record of success, Wistar strives to embody its slogan: Today’s Discoveries—Tomorrow’s Cures.
Researchers at The Wistar Institute have a long history of accomplishments in basic and applied cancer research, validated in part by national leadership in melanoma research and the discovery of many cancer-related genes. Wistar scientists were also among the first to develop monoclonal antibodies, protein molecules able to detect and destroy foreign invaders, including cancer cells. Wistar scientists have also identified significant genes associated with breast, lung, and prostate cancers and infectious agents including HIV.
Visit our faculty listing to learn more about the current research taking place at Wistar.
Wistar is proud to host renowned lecturers on a regular basis, featuring topics of direct relevance to research in cancer biology.
The seminar series is supported by The Wistar Institute's NCI-sponsored training program in Basic Cancer Research.
Wistar's storied history begins in 1800s with a gathering of prominent Philadelphia scientists who intended to create a lasting home for the study and teaching of medicine.
Wistar continues its tradition of making history to this day.
Explore the amazing timeline of discoveries.
Read more about Wistar's evolution.
The microscope in the image belonged to William E. Horner, M.D., a collaborator with Caspar Wistar, M.D., in the early 1800s.
Dr. Horner, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, was a pioneer of the use of microscopes in anatomical and medical research. He authored Special Anatomy and Histology, a seminal text on the subject.