Science Nonfiction: Hepatoblastoma & Collaborations

Hepatoblastoma research childhood cancer

Since pediatric cancers are (fortunately!) fairly rare, it’s ever more important for us to do our work with the spirit of collaboration. Thanks to the great connections built from our nanocourse, we can make strides in studying hepatoblastoma!

These past few months I’ve been experimenting with a new cell line from a lab in Texas, to add to a cell line collection we have from France. The more common denominators we can find, the better informed our research will be. I’ve also been testing out drugs that came from a lab in Florida, and investigating ideas that came from Cincinnati. These collaborative efforts to combine our knowledge can really push science forward.

You know what they say: messy desk means lots of work getting done! Just some of the drug plates and other experiments I’ve run this month.

Adding further to our collaborations, I’ve been actively working to gather and describe all our recent work with XenTech in France. Finishing up loose end experiments, organizing and analyzing data, and finally putting together a written document has taken up most my time these past few weeks. Its rewarding to finally see the end to (at least part of) a bigger project, and putting everything together really puts things in perspective!

I’d like to thank the Foundation for Addie’s Research, Owls for Avery, the Willcock family, and the Macy Easom Foundation for making this work possible!

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