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Funding Type: St. Baldrick's Fellow
Institution Location: San Francisco, CA
Institution: University of California, San Francisco affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Based on progress to date, Dr. Stieglitz was awarded a new grant in 2016 to fund an additional year of this Fellow award. Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) is a type of blood cancer that affects young children and is very difficult to treat. Currently available treatments cure only half of these patients, with some children experiencing rapid death, while others get better with very little treatment. Unfortunately, no one knows why this happens. Dr. Stieglitz is using the latest breakthroughs in scientific technology to determine why some patients benefit from treatment while others do not.