Two pediatric oncologists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine each received a two-year, $250,000 grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
The Pennsylvania-based foundation, which works to eradicate childhood cancer, awarded “Innovation Grants” to 21 researchers across the country who are pursuing novel treatments. Dr. Alan Friedman and Dr. Linda Resar, of Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, were the only recipients in Maryland.
Friedman is researching a fatal brain tumor known as glioblastoma multiforme. His project seeks to alter the behavior of certain normal cells so they help fight the cancer rather than help it grow.
Resar’s project focuses on acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the leading cause of death in children with cancer. Although often curable, the disease can recur and become resistant to therapy. Resar is studying the genetic factors that cause relapse and how genes could be manipulated to prevent relapse.