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PITTSBURGH, PA - November 14, 2013 - Linda M. McAllister-Lucas, M.D., Ph.D., chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, has been awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.
Dr. McAllister's is one of 39 infrastructure grants awarded by the Foundation's fall grant cycle, totaling more than $2.2 million in pediatric oncology research. These grants provide resources to institutions to conduct more research and enroll more children in ongoing clinical trials.
"This grant will allow our program to perform Phase I clinical trials aimed at identifying new and improved treatment options for childhood cancer," said Dr. McAllister. "Our team has an excellent record of study compliance and patient safety, and the St. Baldrick's grant allows us to support a clinical research nurse on the team."
Dr. McAllister, also professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, came to Pittsburgh in January 2013, bringing a rich background in research, clinical care and teaching to the hospital, its patients and the university.
"While fewer than 5 percent of adults with cancer participate in clinical trials, more than 60 percent of childhood cancer patients receive their treatment as part of clinical trials, which are designed to offer the best cutting-edge treatments, or treatments that may be even better than today's standard," said Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. "The St. Baldrick's Foundation is proud to fund this latest round of infrastructure grants, many of which will make more clinical trials available for children closer to their homes. This offers today's patients more hope and tomorrow's patients more progress through research."
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a member of the Children's Oncology Group and is one of 13 centers nationwide to be selected as a Phase I research center. Children's Hospital also is a member of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, a select group of institutions with leading neuro-oncology clinical trial capability.
For more information about Dr. McAllister, please visit www.chp.edu.
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Regionally, nationally, and globally, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is a leader in the treatment of childhood conditions and diseases, a pioneer in the development of new and improved therapies, and a top educator of the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Children's Hospital has fulfilled this mission since its founding in 1890. Children's is named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric hospitals, including ranking 7th among children's hospitals and schools of medicine (FY 2012) in funding for pediatric research provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is one of 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of America's "Best Children's Hospitals" for 2013–2014.
About St. Baldrick's Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. St. Baldrick's coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer, raising money to fund research. Since 2005, St. Baldrick's has awarded more than $127 million to support lifesaving research, making the Foundation the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, and the new International Scholar grants train researchers to work in developing countries. For more information about the St. Baldrick's Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.
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