Established in 1971, Ludwig Cancer Research began when American businessman Daniel K. Ludwig started to support cancer research. Now, Ludwig Cancer Research is an international community of distinguished scientists dedicated to preventing and controlling cancer. Ludwig Centers exist at six U.S. institutions, all pursuing breakthroughs to change the course of cancer as we know it. The centers, created in 2006, operate independently of the Ludwig Institute but work collaboratively with each other and with the institute at the forefront of cancer research.
The Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Fund for Cancer Research endowed the centers under the terms of the will of Daniel Ludwig. The gift to each of the six institutions ranks among the largest ever received.