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St. Baldrick's Foundation Announces 2008 Grant and Fellowship Recipients.



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PASADENA, Calif. -- The St. Baldrick's Foundation The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a non-profit charity, based in the United States. The foundation raises money for childhood cancer research primarily through head-shaving events. , a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, announced today the organization's first round of 2008 research grants, pediatric oncology fellowships and career development awards. St. Baldrick's began as a challenge between friends, and has exploded into the world's largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. Worldwide, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and in the United States, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children.

The St. Baldrick's Foundation coordinates worldwide head-shaving events, with volunteer "shavees" raising money to support childhood cancer research. Since 2000, head-shavings have taken place in 18 countries and 48 U.S. states, raising more than $48.5 million, and shaving more than 71,000 heads.

In June, grants and fellowship awards totaled more than $12.6 million and 2008 is the first year that St. Baldrick's has awarded the newly-created Career Development Awards. Created to further the research of promising pediatric oncologists by bridging the funding-gap between their fellowships and sources of funding available to more established researchers, the Career Development Awards will provide much-needed research funding to twelve doctors during this critical stage of their careers.

All funding applications were evaluated by the foundation's Scientific Advisory Committee and other expert reviewers, who made funding recommendations to the St. Baldrick's Foundation's Board of Directors. Research grants are awarded for a period of one year, pediatric oncology fellowships last for two years, with the possibility of being extended for a third year, while career development awards are of three year's duration with a possible two year extension. A second round of grants for 2008 will be issued this fall.

"These grants were made possible by the extraordinary efforts of 34,244 St. Baldrick's volunteers and more than 217,290 donors who have worked so hard and given so much to help children with cancer," says Kathleen Ruddy, executive director, St. Baldrick's Foundation. "The ever-increasing generosity of our supporters has enabled us to fund more grants and fellowships while introducing both the Career Development Award and funding the promising new Translational Genomics in Neuroblastoma Neuroblastoma Definition

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 research. We hope these grants lead the way to major developments in how childhood cancer is diagnosed and treated - giving kids a longer, higher quality of life. Our ultimate goal is to find cures for all childhood cancers."

New St. Baldrick's fellowships in pediatric oncology research were awarded at:

* University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. , Gainesville, Fla.

* The University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

* Children's Hospital Boston Children's Hospital Boston is a children's hospital located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, Massachusetts. Located at 300 Longwood Avenue, Children's is adjacent both to its teaching affiliate, Harvard Medical School, and to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. , Boston, Mass.

* Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.

* Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is a highly regarded medical school and biomedical research institute in the United States. , Baltimore, Md.

* Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Mich.

* University of Minnesota (body, education) University of Minnesota - The home of Gopher.

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* The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, New Hyde Park New Hyde Park, village (1990 pop. 9,728), Nassau co., SE N.Y., on Long Island; inc. 1927. It is a residential community with some manufacturing and truck farms. Nearby is the uninc. town of North New Hyde Park (1990 pop. 14,359). , N.Y.

* Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

* The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the largest and oldest children's hospitals in the world. "CHOP" has been ranked as the best children's hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and Child Magazine in recent years. , Philadelphia, Pa.

Continuing St. Baldrick's fellowships were funded at:

* Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif.

* University of California, San Francisco Coordinates:  , Calif.

* Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is a pediatric hospital in New York City. It is a part of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and is affiliated with Columbia University. They are especially known for their expertise in pediatric heart surgery.  of New York - Presbyterian, New York, N.Y. (Columbia University Medical Center Columbia University Medical Center is the name of the medical complex associated with Columbia University, and covers several blocks (primarily between 165th and 168th Streets from the Henry Hudson Parkway to Audubon Avenue) in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. )

* Children's Hospital Boston, Boston Mass.

* The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

* Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine Baylor College of Medicine is a private medical school located in Houston, Texas, USA on the grounds of the Texas Medical Center. It has been consistently rated the top medical school in Texas and among the best in the United States. , Houston, Texas

Career Development Awards in pediatric oncology research were awarded at:

* Children's Hospital Los Angeles Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (founded 1901) is a private, non-profit teaching hospital in Los Angeles. It is affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Children's Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping children by raising , Los Angeles, Calif.

* University of California, San Francisco, Calif.

* University of Colorado at Denver
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* Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

* Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.

* Johns-Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

* University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

* The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, New Hyde Park, N.Y.

* Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

* Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.

* University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

* Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.

This year's research grant recipients are:

* The University of California, San Francisco, Calif.

* University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

* Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind.

* Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.

* Roswell Park Cancer Institute The Roswell Park Cancer Institute is a cancer research and treatment center located in Buffalo, New York. Founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park, it was the first dedicated medical facility for cancer treatment and research in the United States. , Buffalo, N.Y.

* University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

* The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, N.Y.

* The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

* The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa.

* The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

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* Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

* University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

* Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Wash.

With a $250,000 grant, the St. Baldrick's Foundation becomes the first funder of a major research project called Translational Genomics in Neuroblastoma (TGiN), with grants awarded to three partner institutions:

* TGEN Foundation, Phoenix, Ariz.

* National Cancer Institute (NCI), Bethesda, Md.

* Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.

Funds raised through St. Baldrick's events in other countries in 2007 also went to:

* Childhood Cancer Foundation Candlelighters Canada

* Children's Cancer Foundation, Hong Kong

* CLIC Sargent, Headington, Oxford, U.K.

The largest St. Baldrick's Foundation grant this year of $6,001,389 was awarded to CureSearch Children's Oncology Group (COG), for cooperative research on a national scale. Of this, $5,230,000 will be distributed to over 200 institutions to support their participation in COG clinical trials. These include M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Children's National Medical Center This article or section is written like an .
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, Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and other well-known institutions, as well as many smaller institutions across the country where children receive state-of-the-art treatment for cancer. This past year, participation in the COG's clinical trials increased dramatically, partly due to St. Baldrick's funding. This has resulted in more children having access to novel treatments, and it means greater progress into research to find cures for all childhood cancers.

About The St. Baldrick's Foundation

The St. Baldrick's Foundation, which became a non-profit organization in late 2004, makes grants to research organizations that meet stringent criteria and share the foundation's commitment to fiscal responsibility and emphasis on research. St. Baldrick's research grants help fill crucial funding gaps at medical institutions where children are treated for cancer, ensuring the finest care for every child. St. Baldrick's fellowships enable some of the most promising new doctors to pursue pediatric cancer research as a career. For more information about St. Baldrick's, please call 1-888-899-BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.
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