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I’m working on several exciting projects. Some of these are late-stage projects focused on publishing our results. One manuscript, MEK inhibitor in rhabdomyosarcoma, has been submitted; this project was a collaboration with Genentech/Roche. And two manuscripts are being finalized that resulted from the Genomic Endotypes in Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (GEAR) project. In the lab my focus is Project Haystack. This project is directed at developing novel drugs for the treatment of rhabdomyosarcoma. We are currently at the Hit-Expansion phase. This entails identifying chemical “Hits” from a primary screen; in our case, the primary screen was 640,000
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Beaverton lab identifies drug that turns off key gene in deadly childhood muscle cancer
The Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute is studying how a breast cancer drug candidate could impact children with an aggressive tumor in the soft muscle.
Scientists And Parents Band Together To Research Cures For Rare Childhood Cancer
Small patient numbers mean there's less motivation to allocate resources to study the diseases and develop potential drugs. Dozens of childhood cancers fall in this category, some so rare that few pediatric oncologists hear about them.
Beaverton's Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute tackles deadliest child cancers
Beyond an unmarked door into what looks like a shabby old warehouse in Old Town Beaverton, white-coated scientists are working to find ways to treat cancers that kill almost every child they afflict.
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A dedicated research team
Our research team is exploring and testing state-of-the-art treatment options for the most urgent issues facing children with cancer.
Working in our own freestanding research institution allows us to act swiftly and nimbly to achieve results—bringing cost control, speed, purpose, and focus to translate effective treatments into the clinic. To get there, we perform basic science and translational research in our industrial modern lab site (a paint factory remodeled by Nike as an off-site creative space), adjacent to the Silicon Forest in Oregon.