publication date: Jul. 22, 2016

In Brief

UC Santa Cruz Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative


THE UC SANTA CRUZ Genomics Institute received a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, in support of the institute’s Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative.

The initiative shares pediatric cancer data so that individual patient information can be analyzed in large datasets of pediatric and adult cancers.

UC Santa Cruz plans to work with six clinical partners in sharing and analyzing data from pediatric patients enrolled in genomic medicine clinical trials, including: Children’s Hospital of Orange County; Stanford University; Pacific Pediatric NeuroOncology Consortium; the Pediatric Personalized Oncogenomics Program of British Columbia; Peds Mi-OncoSeq Program at the University of Michigan Cancer Center; and Molecular Guided Therapy in Neuroblastoma at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Treehouse Initiative plans to perform a massive comparison of each child’s cancer data and cross-reference it with more than 10,000 tumors from previous genomics projects.


SUSAN PITT received a Young Investigator Award from UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Pitt is an assistant professor of surgery who specializes in endocrine surgery and thyroid cancer. She joined the cancer center in August 2015.

Pitt will use the award to study why providers often overtreat thyroid microcancers, those that measure one centimeter or less and are typically not harmful.

With the Young Investigator Award, Pitt will develop and pilot a survey to give to physicians to better understand how and why they make treatment recommendations. She is working with the UW Survey Center to design an informative survey, and expects that it will be distributed to providers within a year.

There are several quality-of-life changes that can result from thyroid cancer treatment, including … Continue reading 42-29 UC Santa Cruz Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative

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