Beyond providing exceptional clinical care, we are also striving to eradicate childhood cancer and blood disease. Our team is focused on generating new knowledge by conducting research on these disorders and sharing that knowledge with others as we educate the next generation of physicians and scientists.
To accomplish this, we’ve developed research and training programs that we continually assess, augment and expand. Our research programs extend from the most basic laboratory research to the clinic. Our training programs embrace medical and biomedical science graduate students, primarily from the UT Southwestern as well as pediatric residents and pediatric hematology/oncology fellows.
Physicians and scientists with primary or secondary appointments in the Division of Hematology/Oncology are conducting molecular and cellular biology experiments in cancer and blood disease. In this rapidly evolving field, one of our overarching goals is to leverage the potential in the “genomics revolution.” Genomics allows us to rapidly and efficiently sequence genetic material derived from cancer specimens so that we can develop more robust prognostic tools and “personalized” therapies tailored to the needs of an individual patient. Laboratory research efforts are both basic and translational studies that help to bridge the lab and clinical venues. Research is carried out in laboratories at Children’s Medical Center, UT Southwestern and the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute.
Active areas of basic research include:
Physicians at the Gill Center are engaged in a wide range of clinical research efforts spanning the cancer and blood disease programs. Clinical research efforts are supported by robust infrastructure provided by the Clinical Research Office (CRO) within the Gill Center and the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern, the only NCI- designated cancer center in North Texas. At any point, 75 to 100 oncology trials and 20 to 30 hematology trials are open for enrollment for Gill Center patients.
Active areas of clinical research include:
Clinical and laboratory research efforts are funded by a wide variety of national, regional and local organizations, such as the National Cancer Institute; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Eye Institute; Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas; American Cancer Society; St. Baldrick’s Foundation; Children’s Cancer Fund; Children’s Medical Center Foundation; Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer; Young Texans Against Cancer; 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation; and Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation.
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As the primary pediatric teaching facility for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the medical staff at Children’s Health℠ conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies and greater understanding of pediatric diseases.