Home » Unlocking the key to treating Neuroblastoma tumors in children
January 23, 2009 – Texas Children’s Hospital
Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid tumor in children and is responsible for 15 percent of pediatric cancer deaths. Neuroblastoma cells are notoriously hard to penetrate, so identifying effective intracellular drug delivery is of the utmost importance in developing a drug and treating the disease.
Dr. Jianhua Yang, assistant professor in Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, which is affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of Materials Science at Rice, were awarded $93,000 to study intracellular delivery mechanisms and help identify a novel solution to a major clinical problem.