A crucial part of the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Cancer Center’s mission is to make significant scientific discoveries about blood disorders and cancers, and bring them rapidly to our patients’ care.
This is accomplished through “translational research,” in which basic scientists in the laboratory collaborate with clinicians at the bedside to find new therapies, drugs and medical devices that will change the way cancer is treated. That research is made possible through the philanthropic generosity of our friends.
Current Research Initiatives Include:
- Working with University Hospitals Center for Genetics to research the predisposition and diagnosis of recurrent and secondary malignancies.
- Working in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry and the federal government to identify and test new agents, bringing new treatment options to children as fast as possible.
- Understanding what makes cancer cells start growing and on finding new ways to control cell growth
- Testing the efficacy of genetically-modified tumor vaccines in the setting of sarcomas and other childhood cancer.
- Developing safe, non-toxic medications from plants such as zucchini sprouts that prevent the occurrence of secondary cancers—chemoprevention.