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Durbin Keeps Asking New Questions

Durbin Keeps Asking New Questions

Passion for Pediatric Cancer Patients and Research Drives Meaningful Discovery “Every day, I’m motivated to discover more through research that will enable us to better treat children with cancer and improve outcomes with fewer side effects.” Since his first lab job in the summer between his freshman and sophomore year in college, Adam D. Durbin, MD, PhD, of the Division of Molecular Oncology, Department of Oncology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been fascinated by medical research. “I couldn’t believe that I was getting paid to work in Dr. Avrum Gotlieb’s lab. I learned so much that summer and the following ones. I found that this experience really put me ahead in my studies,” Durbin said in a recent interview. “I thought it was so cool that I was working on new research and able to publish papers. It really made me question my direction after undergraduate school: Should...

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One Mission, 51 Childhood Cancer Researchers, $3.4 Million in Grants

One Mission, 51 Childhood Cancer Researchers, $3.4 Million in Grants

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Awards $3.4 Million in Grants This year, 51 researchers from 31 institutions across the country and worldwide will receive a total of $3.4 million in grants from Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. “Rally Foundation has now awarded $25.4 million in grants for childhood cancer research since we started in 2005,” says Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO. “From the beginning, our mission has been to fund the best research wherever it may be to help find better childhood cancer treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.” Rally grants are awarded based on a competitive dual peer-review process conducted by Rally’s Medical Advisory Board, which is made up of 60 leading childhood cancer experts. These grants fund all levels of research, from science at the bench to translational, and they include second- and...

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Pediatric Cancer Dad Discovers a Promising Novel Approach to Wilms’ Tumors

Pediatric Cancer Dad Discovers a Promising Novel Approach to Wilms’ Tumors

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) likes funding outside-the-box ideas and, at times, funding outside-of-the-box researchers: those who we normally not consider as a scientific researcher. Rally is thrilled to share recent developments from an outside-the-box researcher and his study of Wilms’ Tumor. The study emerges from the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI) in Beaverton, Oregon, in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Rally-funded researcher Andy Woods leads the study published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer (link Pediatric Blood & Cancer). But first, who is this outside-of-the-box researcher Andy Woods? Andy Woods is a college-educated stone and tile mason from Montana. He is also a Dad. A dad who heard the devasting words, “Your child has cancer.” When his daughter, Stellablue, was four years old, she was...

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What are Oncolytic Viruses?

What are Oncolytic Viruses?

A key part of Rally’s mission is to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects, and for almost a decade. Rally has invested for almost a decade in oncolytic virus treatments. A promising, cutting-edge, targeted immunotherapy. Oncolytic viruses are genetically modified viruses or naturally occurring viruses that are reprogrammed to selectively replicate in cancer cells killing the cancer without damaging normal cells. Pretty cool. Josh Bernstock, M.D., Ph.D., shares, “Oncolytic virotherapy is a rapidly progressing field in oncology that uses oncolytic viruses to selectively infect cancer cells and cause an antitumor response through direct destruction of the tumor and stimulation of the immune system.” “This direct targeting of tumor cells is efficacious and non-toxic. In the article below we highlight critical components of the immune microenvironment of brain tumors. In...

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New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

Osteosarcoma (OS) is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that form bones, and mainly affects teenagers and young adults. In metastatic osteosarcoma, the cancer spreads from the primary bone site to another location, most often the lungs. It can also spread to other bones, the brain or other organs. Currently there are no curative treatments for metastatic osteosarcoma. We urgently need to develop new therapies. To better understand a disease, it is common for tumor research studies to use orthotopic implantation. This method grafts tumor tissue where the disease begins in a mouse model. For osteosarcoma studies that would be in a bone allowing researchers to examine cancer progression more accurately and identify potential drug combinations more reliably. Rally-funded researcher Lindsay Jones Talbot, MD, is a pediatric surgeon, researcher, and instructor at St. Jude Children’s...

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INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

Rally is proud to be the initial funder for the creation of the INSTRuCT Database with a Consortium Grant to Dr. Sam Volchenboum of the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at the University of Chicago. Recent advances in genomic medicine look promising in the study of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). RMS is a rare soft tissue malignancy primarily diagnosed before adolescence.   RMS studies are historically challenged, given that only approximately 350 patients are diagnosed with RMS each year in the United States and around 700 patients a year in Western Europe. It is challenging to conduct clinical trials of anticancer drugs for the treatment of RMS due to the rarity, its various subtypes and differences in gene mutations. As a solution, the International Soft-Tissue Sarcoma Database Consortium (INSTRuCT) was created through collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Soft-Tissue...

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Durbin Keeps Asking New Questions

Durbin Keeps Asking New Questions

Passion for Pediatric Cancer Patients and Research Drives Meaningful Discovery “Every day, I’m motivated to discover more through research that will enable us to better treat children with cancer and improve outcomes with fewer side effects.” Since his first lab job in the summer between his freshman and sophomore year in college, Adam D. Durbin, MD, PhD, of the Division of Molecular Oncology, Department of Oncology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been fascinated by medical...

read more
One Mission, 51 Childhood Cancer Researchers, $3.4 Million in Grants

One Mission, 51 Childhood Cancer Researchers, $3.4 Million in Grants

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Awards $3.4 Million in Grants This year, 51 researchers from 31 institutions across the country and worldwide will receive a total of $3.4 million in grants from Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. “Rally Foundation has now awarded $25.4 million in grants for childhood cancer research since we started in 2005,” says Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO. “From the beginning, our mission has been to fund the best research wherever it may be to...

read more
Pediatric Cancer Dad Discovers a Promising Novel Approach to Wilms’ Tumors

Pediatric Cancer Dad Discovers a Promising Novel Approach to Wilms’ Tumors

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) likes funding outside-the-box ideas and, at times, funding outside-of-the-box researchers: those who we normally not consider as a scientific researcher. Rally is thrilled to share recent developments from an outside-the-box researcher and his study of Wilms’ Tumor. The study emerges from the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (cc-TDI) in Beaverton, Oregon, in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center....

read more
What are Oncolytic Viruses?

What are Oncolytic Viruses?

A key part of Rally’s mission is to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects, and for almost a decade. Rally has invested for almost a decade in oncolytic virus treatments. A promising, cutting-edge, targeted immunotherapy. Oncolytic viruses are genetically modified viruses or naturally occurring viruses that are reprogrammed to selectively replicate in cancer cells killing the cancer without damaging normal cells. Pretty cool. Josh Bernstock, M.D., Ph.D., shares, “Oncolytic...

read more
New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

New and Innovative Study Technique for Osteosarcoma Metastasis

Osteosarcoma (OS) is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that form bones, and mainly affects teenagers and young adults. In metastatic osteosarcoma, the cancer spreads from the primary bone site to another location, most often the lungs. It can also spread to other bones, the brain or other organs. Currently there are no curative treatments for metastatic osteosarcoma. We urgently need to develop new therapies. To better understand a disease, it is common for tumor research studies to...

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INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

INSTRuCT Database for Rhabdomyosarcoma Impact

Rally is proud to be the initial funder for the creation of the INSTRuCT Database with a Consortium Grant to Dr. Sam Volchenboum of the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at the University of Chicago. Recent advances in genomic medicine look promising in the study of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). RMS is a rare soft tissue malignancy primarily diagnosed before adolescence.   RMS studies are historically challenged, given that only approximately 350 patients are diagnosed with RMS each year in the...

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