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Platform development for target identification in high risk pediatric leukemias

Institution: 
Columbia University, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Researcher(s): 
Adolfo A Ferrando, MD/PhD, Charles Mullighan, MD/PhD
Grant Type: 
Crazy 8
Year Awarded: 
2019
Type of Childhood Cancer: 
Leukemia
Project Description: 

Despite much progress in understanding the genetic basis and mechanism of leukemogenesis of high risk leukemia there are a limited number of targeted therapies available for the treatment of high risk patients. The goal of this project is to leverage new screening technologies for the identification of candidate drugs and druggable gene targets for the treatment of high risk leukemia patients. Premise for this research is the recent development of high throughput forward genetic tools capable of analyzing genetic dependencies genome-wide and large scale drug libraries of bioactive compounds. The Crazy 8 discussion panel identified (i) the development of cell line panels representative of high risk leukemia groups and (ii) the establishment of effective protocols and tools for cell line and primary sample screening as important objectives aiming at identifying candidate drugs and drug targets of high translational value.