See also our related blog for the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

innovator, Dr. Jim Olson

A consistently innovative colleague, Jim Olson, has created 'Project Violet' as a grassroots 'citizen science' drug development effort for dipg.  His TED talk and the project description can be viewed here.  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fish & Rhabdo

Congratulations to our MGH collaborators, Eleanor & Dave, on their embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma gene discovery study just published in PLoS Genetics.  A takehome of this study is that genetic models such as zebrafish may have different modes of gene amplification, but cross-species comparisons help filter out the key factors rather readily. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

2013 Rhabdomyosarcoma Pico-Course

We are grateful to the speakers and participants of the 2013 Rhabdomyosarcoma Pico-Course who critically evaluated the 'preclinical gap' in childhood cancer research.  This pico-course had a decidedly sea-faring theme (some participants came from Fishermen helping kids with cancer).  The conclusion? Acceleration of promising clinical trials is possible.   

Friday, August 9, 2013

Congratulations, Imran & Simone!

Imran and Simone's study on the curious, ectopic behavior of surface growth factor receptors has been accepted for publication in Molecular Cancer Research.  Co-authors include lab member Jinu, lab alumni Elaine and Anu, Druker lab collaborators Dorian and Jeff, Wager lab members Simone, Shuyu and Amy, and statisticians Martin and Joel.  
These studies were funded in part by the Ethan Jostad Foundation for Childhood Cancer and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  
To see the Online First publication. click here