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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Northwest Sarcoma Foundation initiative

We are grateful for the $25,000 directed gift from the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation that facilitates Seattle-Portland collaboration in the genetic and functional characterization of adult bone and soft tissue sarcomas.  This is the second year of this program, which supports collaboration between our laboratory and Dr. Robin Jones at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SARC Sarcoma Developmental Research Program

We are grateful to the SARC SPORE pilot grants program which has awarded a 2nd year of funding to our collaboration with Dave Langenau's lab at MGH evaluating myodifferentiation therapies for rhabdomyosarcoma.   

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Congratulations, Jinu!

Many congratulations to Jinu, whose grant application entitled, "Molecular Reversal of Relapse in Childhood Muscle Cancer" was chosen for funding by the Friends of Doernbecher Foundation!

"Derivation of Myogenic Progenitors Directly From Human Pluripotent Stem Cells"

Lab alumnist Tohru Hosoyama has recently published a very nice study entitled, "Derivation of Myogenic Progenitors Directly From Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Using a Sphere-Based Culture" in the journal, Stem Cells Translational Medicine.  This is work from Tohru's second postdoctoral fellowship with mentor Dr. Masatoshi Suzuki.  Tohru is now an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Surgery and Clinical Sciences, Yamaguchi University, Japan.  It has always been a pleasure to follow Tohru's work, which is both innovative and impactful.     

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

let's help Lara...

... shave her head, for adolescent and young adult cancer research?  Click here to learn more, see Lara's video and contribute to this bold effort!   The shaving event happens May 31!  

Friday, March 14, 2014

NBTS working group meeting

The community owes a great thanks to David Arons and his team at the National Brain Tumor Society who yesterday held the 2nd working group meeting on "Key Issues in Pediatric Brain Tumor Research: Availability of Drugs for Pediatric Brain Tumor and Pediatric Cancer Research".  This meeting brought together academics, the Children's Oncology Group leadership, pharmaceutical stakeholders and members of the advocacy community - and it is hoped that specific improvement outcomes will result.   

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

KGW story on Cancer Research for Dogs

We are grateful to Cathy Marshall for her local NBC news story on our project for dogs with osteosarcomas.  
** This project is described in more detail on our Consano crowdfunding site under, "Be a dog's best friend, help a child".    
To inquire if your dog can participate, please email Dr. Keller at
The early work in this project was made possible by a great community of supporters including the Scott Carter Foundation and the Trey Foote Foundation (Amanda, Trey's brother, is in the KGW interview).  
Our partner on the veterinary side is Dr. Bernard Seguin, a veterinary surgical oncologist at the world-leading Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University.  To see the KUSA 9-news story by Kelly Sommariva, click here.