$14.5 million grant supports childhood cancer research
April 09, 2013
Cancer is something that affects millions of people worldwide each year. Many individuals have made donations to promote finding a cure for the various types of cancers that exist. Recently, a $14.5 million grant was created by a joint effort from Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), St. Baldrick's Foundation and the American Association for Cancer Research to be put toward research.
The three entities formed the Dream Team to learn more about childhood cancer, led by Dr. John Maris. The SU2C-St. Baldrick's Pediatric Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant will give $14.5 million in funding over the next four years to seven different institutions so that researchers can discover more about genomics and immunotherapeutics. Moreover, those working in the team will be able to use tools and other equipment worth around $500,000 donated by Life Technologies.
"It is our goal, indeed our expectation, that we will initiate a sustained effort to maximize pediatric cancer cure rates through a genomics-anchored immunotherapeutic program," explained Maris.
SU2C was formed in May 2008 and has been known as a leader in translational cancer research. All of the public money the nonprofit group donates goes directly to grants that promote research.
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