by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 23, 2020

This is it!  You — St. Baldrick’s donors and participants — have poured your passion into funding childhood cancer research, even in difficult times like these. And because of you, today we all celebrate the biggest batch of new grants of the year. 


This new investment of $12.9 million brings the total granted by St. Baldrick’s for research since 2005 to more than $300 million. 

The 53 grants include new funding for 18 Research Grants, 5 Supportive Care Research Grants, 9 St. Baldrick’s Scholars, and 1 International Scholar from India. Also receiving new funding for projects already underway are 7 St. Baldrick’s Scholars, 2 International Scholar from Kenya, 8 team science projects (Consortium grants), 1 St. Baldrick’s Innovation Award and 1 Strategic Initiative.

A few examples of the grants you’re supporting:

  • The Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC), a strategic initiative led by Dr. Samuel Volchenboum of the University of Chicago, is enabling researchers from around the world to collect, store, analyze, share and compare data sets of many kinds. This makes it possible for researchers to move faster toward cures for pediatric cancers. 
  • Researchers know that inherited genetic abnormalities contribute to cause cancer in many more children than previously understood. These syndromes are rare and difficult for any single research institution to study, so a group of seven institutions formed the Consortium for Cancer Predisposition, led by Emory University. This year’s grant allows the team to continue working to prevent or detect cancer at early stages to improve survival for these children, and to better understand the mechanisms of cancer development for all pediatric tumors. 
  • New St. Baldrick’s Scholar, Dr. Lan Hoang-Minh of the University of Florida, is exploring powerful new methods to make immune cell therapy safer and more effective for pediatric brain tumor patients. She will also follow the fate of these therapeutic T cells using a new, non-invasive imaging technology called magnetic particle imaging. These studies aim to improve treatments and extend or save the lives of children with very aggressive brain cancers.

The Full List of Institutions Receiving July 2020 Grants:

The next set of grants will be announced in November, supported by donations between now and October. Visit the St. Baldrick’s grants page to learn more about all the research you’re making possible.

Donate now and help support research into better treatments for kids with cancer


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