About ALSF

How We Choose Our Projects

We carefully select our projects, vetting applications to make sure that our funding supports the most substantive and critical contributions to the field of childhood cancer research. Proposals are evaluated and rated by our scientific review board or nursing review board and approved by our board of directors. We look for projects that are likely to play a part in bringing the latest and most promising lifesaving treatments to seriously ill children. Specific guidelines are provided for each type of grant.

We have funded over 800 projects at 135 institutions in over 35 states and Canada.

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Garrett M. Brodeur, MD

Associate Director, Abramson Cancer Center Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania/Perelman School of Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Childhood Cancer Research
Audrey E. Evans Chair in Molecular Oncology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Todd E. Druley, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, Washington University

Nada Jabado, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University

Stephen L. Lessnick, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, and Elizabeth M. & Richard M. Ross Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research
Director, Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

John M. Maris, MD

Giulio D'Angio Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania/Perelman School of Medicine


Katherine K. Matthay, MD

Director Pediatric Oncology, Professor of Pediatrics, Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Translational Research in Pediatric Oncology at UCSF School of Medicine

Maureen M. O’Brien, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati and Medical Director of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Donald W. (Will) Parsons, MD, PhD

Co-Director Neuro-Oncology Program, Director Pediatric Center for Personal Cancer Genomics & Therapeutics at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

David G. Poplack, MD

Director, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Elise C. Young Professor of Pediatric Oncology, Head, Hematology-Oncology Section, Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine

Advisor and Founding Member, Scientific Advisory Board

Robert J. Arceci, MD, PhD (1950-2015)

Bob was integral to our grants program from its inception in 2005 onward. As the Division Chief, Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Ron Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, he made countless contributions to help children with cancer and transform the pediatric cancer landscape. We will always remember Bob's brilliance, compassion and authority, his great laugh and his incomparable sense of humor. He is greatly missed.