Chicago Institutions Receive Over $215K to Research Child Cancer
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced $2.2 million in grants across the country to fund cancer research for children including $215,294 to two Chicago-based researchers.
One of the Chicago grants was awarded to the University of Illinois at Chicago for a total of $150,000. This grant will support the UIC/Rush/Stroger Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Clinical Trials Program. This program specifically serves underserved and often overlooked young patients in the Chicagoland area. The main researcher of this grant is Dr. Nobuko Hijiya.
The other Chicago-based facility to receive a large grant from St. Baldrick’s is the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. This grant totaled $65,294 to fund a clinical research coordinator to ensure more kids can receive treatment there. The man researcher for this grant is Dr. Mary Lou Schmidt.
“The majority of childhood cancer patients are treated on a clinical trial,” Kathleen Ruddy, CEO of St. Baldrick’s, said in a press release. “Research relies on enrolling large numbers of patients on clinical trials to ensure results are meaningful and advancements are made. Funding from St. Baldrick’s will ensure more kids have access to clinical trials, giving them a better chance at survival and a future with less long-term effects.”