The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants,, has announced its 2018 Fellow Grants, including Dr. Samara Potter from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

Potter’s $183,737 Fellowship Award will support her research investigating the genomics of relapsed and rare solid tumors of childhood. “I utilize a genomics-based precision medicine approach to identify tumor mutations that might be novel, therapeutic targets in these tumors,” said Potter.

“As one of the largest supporters of pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation provides financial resources that are essential to funding the cutting-edge research we need to perform in order to take the next steps to curing pediatric cancer,” said Dr. Jason Yustein, assistant professor of pediatrics-oncology and co-associate director of education in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

“Furthermore, through mechanisms such as the fellowship award, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is leading the way in supporting not only the best research, but also the next generation of pediatric oncologists that will guide us towards these cures.”

While pediatric cancer has benefitted greatly from research advances in the past 40 years, patients with relapsed solid tumors remain extremely difficult to treat. Additionally, there is a significant lack of knowledge regarding rare childhood solid tumors, and in many cases no standard of treatment for such patients.

“I am incredibly excited to receive this grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which will enable me to continue my training as a young physician-scientist, and also help to advance the field of pediatric cancer research,” Potter added.