Using Novel In-depth DNA Sequencing To Learn From Rare Tumors

  • Cunningham, John J. (PI)
  • Onel, Kenen (CoPI)

Project Details


In January of 2014, Sammy's Superheroes made their inaugural grant of $50,000 to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital in support of pediatric cancer research lead by John Cunningham, MD, and Kenan Onel, MD. The project is designed to better understand the molecular basis of pediatric cancers, which remain a major cause of non-traumatic childhood mortality. This deficiency occurs at least in part because of the rare nature of childhood cancer. The University of Chicago Program in Childhood and Young Adult Cancer has developed a repository of samples derived from patients with rare pediatric cancers. These cancers were chosen based on representation of the diagnostic challenges facing physicians at the bedside, the lack of response of these tumors to therapy, and their ability to reveal insights not only into childhood cancers, but also into common adult cancers. Specifically, we have focused on familial leukemias, lymphomas and sarcomas, and on rare adult cancers seen in childhood including colon, stomach, and lung carcinomas.
Effective start/end date1/01/14 → …


  • Sammy's Superheroes Foundation: $50,000.00


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