Formerly known as the St. Baldrick’s – Stand Up to Cancer Pediatric Cancer Dream Team, this team is now the St. Baldrick’s EPICC Team (Empowering Pediatric Immunotherapies for Childhood Cancer).
Dr. Crystal L. Mackall, co-leader of the SU2C-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Dream Team
Dr. Crystal Mackall and Dr. John Maris will co-chair the SU2C-St. Baldrick’s Foundation Immunogenomics Dream Team.
Mackall is an internationally recognized expert in human immunology and has led a cutting-edge translational immunotherapy research program for pediatric sarcomas. She is credited with fundamental discoveries regarding T cell homeostasis and has led the clinical development of recombinant human IL-7, the most potent immunorestorative identified thus far. As Chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch at the NCI, she leads a diverse translational research program focused on the most challenging of pediatric cancers, and also serves on numerous steering committees and advisory boards focused on translational research.
Formerly known as the St. Baldrick’s – Stand Up to Cancer Pediatric Cancer Dream Team, this team is now the St. Baldrick’s EPICC Team (Empowering Pediatric Immunotherapies for Childhood Cancer).I wish you could have been with us in the room when the first pediatric cancer Dream Team was announced, to be funded by the partnership of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).
From a long list of innovative “big ideas,” the scientific reviewers representing both funding organizations had chosen the top four to submit detailed proposals. The experts agreed that any of these would be great investments, but for a grant of $14.5 million over four years, only one could be chosen.
The suspense ended with an enthusiastic round of applause when the winning Dream Team was announced at a reception tonight at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). The evening’s emcee was actor Kyle MacLachlan, and speakers included Nobel Laureate Dr. Philip Sharp, St. Baldrick’s CEO Kathleen Ruddy, and 10-year-old cancer survivor Emma W. and her parents.
And the award goes to: