DENVER (September 16, 2014) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to grant a two-year $195,000 St. Baldrick’s Fellow grant to Adam Green, M.D., at the University of Colorado.
High-grade gliomas (HGG) are brain tumors that are usually fatal in children. Dr. Green’s work has recently shown promising results using a new medicine called Selinexor in laboratory models of HGG. His next step in the project, with the support of the St. Baldrick’s Fellowship, will be a clinical trial of Selinexor to determine a safe dose of the medication in childhood cancer patients, and to look for early signs of efficacy in HGG, as well as other brain and solid tumors.
“We are very excited about the potential of this work to provide a new, safe, and effective treatment to children who currently have very few good options,” said Dr. Green. “We believe that Selinexor works to restore the function of proteins that act as the ‘brakes’ in cancer cells, which would be unprecedented in cancer treatment, and we will have the opportunity to learn more about this mechanism as part of the trial as well. I am personally very grateful to St. Baldrick’s for supporting young researchers to help us launch our careers in finding better treatments for kids with cancer.”
Through the vigorous efforts of volunteers and supporters in the U.S. and around the world, the Foundation is not only honored to award this local grant, but will fund a total of more than $24.7 million to institutions across the country in its 2014 summer grant cycle.
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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. Since 2005, St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $152 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. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.