Pediatric Cancer Research Grant Awarded to Dr. John Goldberg

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a one-year infrastructure grant of $50,000 to John Goldberg, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Oncology Early Phase Clinical Trials Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine. The Foundation’s infrastructure grants provide resources to institutions enabling them to conduct more research and enroll more children in clinical trials.

The funding supports Goldberg’s research, “A Pediatric Immuno-Oncology Program for South Florida,” which focuses on the development of a vaccine and related immune treatments for cancer that researchers hope will one day cure pediatric solid tumors and prevent the worst cancers from recurring. This St. Baldrick’s grant supports the team needed to advance this research. With a research assistant in the lab, Goldberg says he is then able to treat more children with new medications. “The support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation makes a big difference in the work we do both in the lab and in the clinic. It keeps me working to find new cures.”

Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in eight children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. St. Baldrick’s hosts events where volunteers shave their heads to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. This year, more than 58,000 volunteers have shaved their heads to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

This grant is part of more than $24.7 million provided by the Foundation to fund cutting-edge research at institutions around the nation this year. 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. Grants were awarded based on the need of the institution and its patients, anticipated results of the grant and local participation in St. Baldrick’s events.

This is Goldberg’s third St. Baldrick’s grant, his first coming in 2010. Martin Andreansky, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Holtz Children’s Hospital, received a $50,000 infrastructure grant in 2013. Cristina E. Fernandes, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and member of Sylvester, was awarded a similar grant in 2011.

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