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Hyundai Hope on Wheels award boosts pediatric cancer research

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Adam Esbenshade, M.D., MSCI, assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been awarded a $50,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Award. Esbenshade plans to use data to create a risk prediction model to predict blood stream infections in pediatric cancer patients. The grant was celebrated in a “handprint ceremony” on Aug. […]

Alex’s Lemonade grant allows new engineering grad student to join neuroblastoma fight

Monday, July 10th, 2017

A grant from cancer research nonprofit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is allowing a Vanderbilt chemical and biomolecular engineering doctoral student to join the fight against pediatric neuroblastoma. Kyle Garland is spending his summer on a project titled Immunotherapeutic Targeting of the STING Pathway to Combat Neuroblastoma. He’s working with John Wilson, assistant professor of chemical […]

Blocking neuroblastoma cell growth

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Neuroblastoma – a cancer that starts in nerve tissue outside of the brain – is the third most common cancer in children and accounts for about 15 percent of pediatric cancer-related deaths. MYC proteins drive neuroblastoma tumorigenesis in part by promoting the expression of key glycolytic enzymes such as LDHA to induce aerobic glycolysis (a […]

VICC initiative seeks to provide comfort for cancer patients

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Finn Schafran has always been a happy child, but these days the nearly 2-year-old boy is adjusting to spending part of each day at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), where he receives chemotherapy and radiation for a rare cancer. Finn’s parents sought treatment when they realized their son was having pain and then developed a bulge […]

Hyundai Hope On Wheels grant spurs pediatric cancer research

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Richard Ho, M.D., MSCI, associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been awarded a $250,000 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Scholar Grant to study ways to reduce long-term side effects of chemotherapy in pediatric cancer survivors and develop more personalized therapies for pediatric oncology patients. To date, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has […]

Proliferative capacity of neuroblastoma

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Neuroblastoma is a neural crest cell-derived extracranial solid cancer that affects infants and young children. The most vigorous of these cancers spreads through self-renewing cancer stem cells. Knowing the nature of these cells is essential to understanding the progression of neuroblastoma and devising the right treatment strategy. Reporting in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research […]

Lemonade Stand grant boosts Tansey’s pediatric tumor research

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

William Tansey, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to study malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRTs). These are rare and aggressive tumors commonly found in the kidneys of young children, but can also occur in soft tissue. […]

VICC helps launch new alliance for rare kidney cancer

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Children, adolescents or young adults, particularly African-Americans, diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer may actually have a rare form of the disease known as renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) that requires a specialized approach and expert intervention. However, patients and even physicians don’t always know about the disease and those patients may not always be receiving appropriate […]

Initiative set to raise funds for teen, young adult cancer care

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Teen Cancer America and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt this week announced the launch of a collaborative effort to raise $1 million to expand the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program in Nashville, Tennessee. Grammy Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry will work closely with both the foundation and the hospital and support […]

Hyundai Hope On Wheels bolsters pediatric cancer fight

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Debra Friedman, M.D., director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Pediatric Oncology, has received a $50,000 Hyundai Hope On Wheels Impact grant recently for her track record in providing excellent patient care to families affected by pediatric cancer and to support a pediatric cancer program aimed at developing innovative therapies. Hyundai Hope […]

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