Grant funds developmental therapeutics program at BCM

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By: Dana Benson

HOUSTON -- (January 29, 2013) -- A five-year, $1.75 million grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was awarded to Texas Children’s Cancer Center to establish the Developmental Therapeutics Center of Excellence. This award will further enhance the strong developmental therapeutics program at the Texas Children’s Cancer Center with the goal of developing and conducting more clinical trials to improve treatment and find cures for childhood cancer.

Additional Centers of Excellence grants were awarded by the foundation to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of California-San Francisco.

"The foundation’s Centers of Excellence award will be transformational," said Dr. Stacey Berg, professor of pediatrics-hematology/oncology at BCM and director of the new center. "The award will aid immeasurably in increasing the number and quality of phase 1 and 2 studies available for children with refractory (unresponsive) cancer now, but equally importantly, it will help children in the future by training the next generation of leaders in developmental therapeutics."

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