Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Dream Team Award Renewed

Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, and the UW Pediatric Dream Team, for their renewal funding through the Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Award, supported by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This award provides $250,000 per year to the University of Wisconsin Dream Team, for a 4-year total of $1,000,000. Led by overall Team Leaders, Dr. John Maris at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Lead Institution, and Dr. Crystall Mackall at Stanford University, Dr. Sondel and his team at University of Wisconsin continue their important role on the Dream Team. Key members of the Wisconsin team are Kenneth DeSantes, MD, Co-PI; Young Investigators Christian Capitini, MD, Mario Otto, MD, PhD, and Inga Hofmann, MD; Collaborators Peiman Hematti, MD and Jacques Galipeau, MD from the Department of Medicine; and Investigators Amy Erbe Gurel, PhD, Jacquelyn Hank, PhD, Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD, from the Department of Human Oncology, and Kimberly McDowell, MD, PhD. This collaborative multi-institutional consortium, entitled, “Immunogenomics to Create New Therapeutics for High Risk Childhood Cancers,” proposes to link genomics and immunotherapy efforts underway at 7 Pediatric Oncology Centers [Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Stanford University, Baylor, University of Washington, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and UW] in order to perform preclinical and clinical collaborative work designed to move new therapies into clinical testing for pediatric patients.