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.
Vice President Joe Biden’s ambitious “Moonshot” initiative is aimed at boosting and streamlining cancer research across the country. We asked Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko, PhD, chief of the Division of Cancer Pathobiology and an investigator for the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to share his thoughts on how this strategic plan is changing the landscape of pediatric cancer research.