Two former fellows and current clinical researchers receive grants totaling more than $1.5 million from St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Two former Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellows have won grants from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.

Dr. Eric Chow will receive $1.2 million to lead a consortium study. Chow is Assistant Member of the Clinical Research Division and the Cancer Epidemiology Research Cooperative in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Assistant Professor in the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He also helps lead the hospital’s Cancer Survivor Program. Chow’s national study will seek to follow-up on 1,000 patients previously treated for leukemia and lymphoma, who were part of several Oncology Group studies at Children’s that randomized children to receive dexrazoane. Dexrazoxane has been shown to minimize cardiac toxicity in adult cancer patients, but data in children have been more limited.

St. Baldrick’s Scholar Dr. Phoenix Ho will receive a $330,000 Career Development Award. Ho is a research associate in the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Acting Instructor in the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on the study of molecular alterations in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with the goal of defining new prognostic markers for risk stratification, and identifying new targets of therapy. His award will further his study in exploiting WT1 genomic alterations for target identification and MRD monitoring in pediatric AML.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the U.S. However, only 3 percent of all federal cancer research funding targets pediatric cancer research. This year the Southern California-based St. Baldrick’s Foundation awarded more than $22.5 million in new grants supporting such research in the U.S.

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