The St. Baldrick's Foundation in Monrovia, California, has announced grants totaling $2.7 million in support of childhood cancer research.
Through the foundation's Fellows program, young doctors training to become pediatric oncology researchers receive two to three years of research funding, providing them with a foundation from which to pursue bigger research opportunities. And through its Summer Fellows program, college and medical students receive lab experience and mentorship from childhood cancer experts. To date, the foundation has awarded nearly three hundred and fifty fellowships through the two programs.
"During St. Baldrick's very first grant year, the field understood that if more young pediatric oncology researchers were not trained or given the resources to continue their studies, there would be a shortage of people with the expertise to carry on research to find new cures for kids as the current experts began to retire," said St. Baldrick's CEO Kathleen Ruddy. "With guidance from scientific thought leaders, we created the fellow and later the summer fellow grant categories to ensure we are supporting bright young minds that will pave the future in finding new cures and treatments for all childhood cancers."
For a complete list of the foundation’s 2019 Fellows and Summer Fellows, see the St. Baldrick's website.