Creating the opportunity for every child with cancer to enjoy a healthy life beyond their cancer experience is the dream for pediatric oncology researchers. New grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute Moonshot Initiative through a multi-institutional, collaborative group — the Pediatric Immunotherapy Discovery and Development Network (PI-DDN) — aim to bring this dream closer to reality by fundamentally changing our understanding of how to harness the power of the immune system to treat childhood cancers.
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The voice of Kai Tan, PhD, rises and quickens when he considers the potential of single cell technology to zero in on pathogenesis of cancer and other diseases. He points to the attention this course of research is receiving via funding from organizations such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Moonshot Initiative and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Human Cell Atlas project. In fact, Dr. Tan is himself is a valued contributor to the single cell revolution, and his work will continue with a recent NCI grant for the development of a pediatric tumor cell atlas.
Stephen P. Hunger, MD, has received numerous honors throughout his decorated career. However, winning the George R. Buchanan Lectureship Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) had particularly special meaning to the chief of the Division of Oncology and director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Recognized internationally in the field of pediatric leukemia clinical care and research, Dr. George R. Buchanan— past president of ASPHO and a renowned pediatric hematology physician-researcher — was very supportive of Dr. Hunger early in his career.
Long before he entered medical school, John M. Maris, MD, pediatric oncologist and the recent recipient of the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award, became captivated by the mysteries of neuroblastoma. A cancer of the peripheral (not brain) nervous system, neuroblastoma accounts for 7 percent of all childhood cancers and 15 percent of all childhood cancer deaths.