$150,000 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Awarded to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Part of More Than $24.7 Million Awarded in New Grants by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (August 18, 2014) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to grant a $150,000 extended St. Baldrick’s Scholar award to Timothy Gershon, M.D., Ph.D., at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. 

Based on progress to date, Dr. Gershon was awarded this funding to support an additional two years of his Scholar award. His project focuses on medulloblastoma, a specific type of brain tumor. Dr. Gershon is investigating how tumor cells evade signals that promote cell death, to create a novel way to use developmental biology to treat medulloblastoma.  

“It has been a tremendous honor to be part of the St. Baldrick’s team. By supporting early career investigators, the St Baldrick’s Foundation promotes independent, innovative science,” said Dr. Gershon. “The support of the Foundation and its donors is critical to moving our understanding of pediatric brain tumors forward.” 

Through the vigorous efforts of volunteers and supporters in the U.S. and around the world, the Foundation is not only honored to award this local grant, but will fund a total of more than $24.7 million to institutions across the country in its 2014 summer grant cycle.

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. 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. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit www.StBaldricks.org.

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