Childhood and Adolescent Cancers: Basic and Translational Research
Basic research in the Division includes scientific studies focused on the causes of leukemia and brain tumors that have identified new genetic changes resulting in cancer formation. Additional studies have focused on how leukemia cells escape the immune system in the bone marrow. These initiatives help us understand the causes of childhood cancer and point us to new ways to diagnose and treat these diseases.
The translational research in the Division is focused on identifying new treatment options for childhood cancers and blood disorders. New therapeutic approaches for pediatric leukemia, brain tumors, sarcomas, and neuroblastoma have been pushed forward from our research labs into the clinic. We also have active studies aimed at improving the treatment of childhood blood disorders, including iron deficiency anemia and sickle cell disease.