By Juliana Bunim | UCSF.edu | February 25, 2013
Researchers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital have received a $1.75 million grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to support the discovery of innovative treatments for childhood cancer.
UCSF has one of the leading programs in childhood cancer research in the United States, with laboratory scientists and clinical researchers collaborating to identify new targets for the treatment of leukemia, brain tumors, neuroblastoma and sarcomas.
In addition to the funding – $350,000 per year, renewable annually for up to five years – UCSF has been named a Center of Excellence (CoE) by the foundation. The CoE program aims to fund the research of leading childhood cancer institutions committed to developing and conducting early phase clinical trials.
As a Center of Excellence, UCSF will use half of the funds to enhance clinical trial infrastructure and half to support the training of scholars in drug development, allowing the clinical trial program to grow in the field of pediatric oncology. The center applicants were chosen by the foundation and invited to compete for funding. Other CoE institutions selected include Baylor College of Medicine and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
UCSF's top-ranked fellowship program currently trains three fellows per year, with at least one fellow dedicated to developing a career in early phase clinical trials.