A new month is about to begin, so it seems fitting that this week's research highlights have lots of "new" initiatives that we're excited to report. A new Collaborative will broaden the scope of genetics medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Welcome back to our weekly roundup of pediatric research news from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This week, as many students head back to school, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is strengthening its advocacy to protect individual and public health by calling for an end to nonmedical exemptions from school vaccine requirements.
Monrovia, Calif.-based St. Baldrick's Foundation recently announced $699,186 in grants to one consortium and three cancer researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Testicular Cryopreservation Consortium will receive $125,000, while Children's Hospital investigators Shannon Maude, MD, PhD, Michael Hogarty, MD, and Vandana Batra, MD, will receive $330,000, $110,000, and $134,186, respectively.
"The motivation for the creation of this collaborative research project is the realization that completely new strategies are needed if we are to have curative therapies for all childhood cancers," said Dr. Maris. A physician-researcher from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will lead the first-ever pediatric "Dream Team" solely focused on creating new treatments for the most challenging childhood cancers.