The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has received two grants from St. Baldrick's Foundation to continue researching treatments for cancer in children.
The two grants total $262,824, according to a press release. The foundation gave the grants to Dr. Jonathan McConathy, associate professor at UAB's Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics, and Dr. Corey Falcon, UAB Department of Pediatrics fellow.
The foundation gave McConathy $99,375 to try a combination of imaging techniques on children's brain cancers to give doctors ideas of how to treat the cancer, give surgeons ways to strategize their operations on brain tumors and discover how much of a tumor is left after an operation to determine whether tumors remain after surgery.
The foundation gave Falcon $163,449 from its Not All Who Wander Are Lost Fund to continue leukemia research on cells destroying themselves. His research could eliminate the chimeric antigen receptor changing the path of human T-cells that are going after acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells in children.