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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Patrick M. Callahan Memorial Fund

We are grateful to the Patrick M. Callahan Memorial Fund for their generous 2013 gift, which makes possible pilot studies of new research for the childhood muscle cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma.  The community of supporters of the Patrick M. Callahan Memorial Fund, and Patrick's mother Joann, are valued partners in the mission to make rhabdomyosarcoma a uniformly survivable condition.  

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New & Improved: Patient & Family Wall

We are grateful to the dozens of families who renewed consent forms for the Patient & Family Wall.  This is a very important aspect of our labs' research culture... seeing first hand, every day, those for whom we work towards new treatments in order to "give back childhood".

Macy Michelle Easom Memorial Lectureship

The 2013 Macy Michelle Easom Memorial Lectureship was given yesterday by University of Pennsylvania researcher, Klaus Kaestner.  This lectureship is sponsored by the Macy Easom Cancer Research Foundation, which is dedicated to research and new treatments for hepatoblastoma.  Lisa, Macy's aunt, was in attendance and presented to OHSU a check for $75,000 for development of a humanized hepatoblastoma mouse model.
[pictured above:  John Bial, Lisa Howard, Klaus Kaestner and Markus Grompe]

Friday, September 6, 2013

Huffington Post: a frank discussion

As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, health reporter Suzanne Leigh at the Huffington Post has written an article "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: 8 Brutal Truths to Choke On".  A lot of these uncomfortable observations are key aspects of getting new, effective treatments to children with cancer.  DIPG and rhabdomyosarcoma are both discussed.  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

2014 Pediatric Cancer Nanocourse

This community-empowerment week course will examine critical steps to finding new treatments for pediatric cancers, specifically rhabdomyosarcoma and dipg (hepatoblastoma may be a topic as well).  The 2012 Nanocourse in Portland was widely attended by families from the U.S. and Europe.  
The 2014 Nanocourse will be at Stanford University in August and organized by parents (John MacIntosh; Sandy Smith).  The rhabdomyosarcoma project will be led by Andrea Eidsvik.  If you are interested in participating in the course and wish to be introduced, send a note to Charles at  
Attendance will be limited, but this promises to be a very rewarding experience.  

Scott Carter Foundation 'Big Show'

The Tulsa community working in the memory of young Scott Carter to further childhood cancer research had it's 'Big Show' and Golf Tournament this past week.  From our lab, Noah (a 2014 Scott Carter Fellow) attended... here pictured participating in the Duke University Improv group performance at the Big Show.  Thank you, Mike, Paula, Paul and Cason for your untiring efforts!