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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, has named Roland Walter, M.D., Ph.D., of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle as one of four recipients of the Foundation’s prestigious ‘A’ Award. The grant, designed to jumpstart the careers of promising scientists in the pediatric cancer field, will provide Walter with $375,000 for his leukemia research.
The ‘A’ Award, created in 2009, seeks to find the best and brightest young researchers and encourage them to build lifelong careers in the pediatric cancer field. The Foundation believes that young researchers are integral components of finding new treatments and cures, and by providing support for their research these investigators will utilize their talents toward pediatric oncology.
Dr. Walter will examine acute myeloid leukemia(AML), an aggressive blood cancer. It is the belief of his team that only a minute population of cancer cells cause and maintain the leukemia in AML patients, and that there is a need to understand these cells in order to develop novel treatments to destroy them. Walter and his team have developed a system to grow and study cells from AML patients, and they plan to use this method to study a large number of patient specimens to improve understanding of how these cells are connected to therapeutic response and prognosis.
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