$115,000 Awarded to University of Alabama at Birmingham and Childrens of Alabama to Support Promising Childhood Cancer Research

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Part of $22 Million Awarded in New Grants by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (September 8, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, is proud to award a $115,000 St. Baldrick’s Scholar grant to support the work of Gregory Friedman, M.D., a researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama.

Based on progress to date, Dr. Friedman was awarded $115,000 to fund an additional year of his St. Baldrick’s Scholar grant. His research focuses on medulloblastoma, the most common brain cancer in children, and aims to find better treatments, as current therapies are harmful to children’s developing brains.

With this grant, Dr. Friedman will continue to research the herpes virus and how it can be used to defeat medulloblastoma – an unusual method, but one that’s showing promise. With one gene removed, the herpes virus can’t replicate and can’t kill healthy cells – but it does kill tumor cells and even the cells that can make the tumor grow back. This treatment has proven effective for adults, and Dr. Friedman’s laboratory research has led to the first-of-its-kind clinical trial of this therapy in other childhood brain tumors and is moving toward a clinical trial to help kids fighting this type of brain tumor.

“I’m thrilled to receive this grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation,” said Dr. Friedman, “The past support from this outstanding organization has been instrumental in the development of this novel therapy for pediatric brain tumors. With this continued support, we will work to further enhance herpes virotherapy in the lab for future clinical trials in children.

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About St. Baldrick’s Foundation

As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.

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