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The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has announced its 2018 summer grant recipients, including seven from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers.

“The funding that the St. Baldrick’s Foundation provides to groundbreaking research projects helps move us closer to developing therapies and cures for childhood cancer. We are very grateful for their support,” said Dr. Susan Blaney, director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and executive vice chair and professor of the hematology-oncology section of pediatrics at Baylor. “Through the support of these grants, our researchers are able to pursue research to positively impact the outcome of children with cancer.”

Dr. Nmazou Ozuah, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology and oncology international at Baylor and Texas Children’s, received a St. Baldrick’s International Scholar Grant for $330,000 to support his project studying biological predictors in Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Peter Wasswa, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology and oncology international at Baylor and Texas Children’s, was awarded the St. Baldrick’s $115,000 Extended International Scholar Grant to pursue research looking at the biological and clinical profiling of childhood hematological malignancies.

To help fund her research in chemotherapy resistance through stroma-induced SYK in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia, Dr. Michele Redell, associate professor of pediatrics-oncology at Baylor and Texas Children’s, received a St. Baldrick’s Research Grant for $96,012.

Dr. Kimberly Raghubar, professor of pediatrics-psychology at Baylor and Texas Children’s, received a $49,858 Supportive Care Research Grant to aid in the development of an online platform for cognitive surveillance in pediatric brain tumors.

To support her research exploring novel differentiating therapies for high-risk neuroblastoma, Dr. Eveline Barbieri, assistant professor of pediatrics- hematology and oncology at Baylor and Texas Children’s was awarded a St. Baldrick’s Scholar Grant for $111,616.

Dr. Will Parsons, associate professor of pediatrics-oncology at Baylor and co-director of the Brain Tumor and Cancer Genetics ad Genomics Programs at Texas Children’s, and Carl Allen, associate professor of pediatrics-oncology at Baylor and co-director of the Lymphoma and Histiocytosis Programs at Texas Children’s, each received $150,000 St. Baldrick’s Foundation Innovation Awards.

Redell, Barbieri, Allen and Parsons also are members of the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor.

To learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and its research awards, visit stbaldricks.org.