The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity that aims to fund promising researches on childhood cancer, has granted the Cancer Center of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) a one-year grant worth $53,543 which runs from January 1 untilDecember 31. Before Texas Tech received the grant, a thorough review process was conducted by the foundation. St. Baldrick’s looked into TTUHSC’s Cancer Center’s specific funding needs, the current research initiatives being undertaken, as well as its participation in the foundation’s local events. This process ensures grants are only awarded to the most promising researches and institutions that also play an active role in the community.
According to the Daily Toreador:
“Dr. Patrick Reynolds, cancer center director, said the grant will be used to support the entrance of children with cancer into clinical trials by providing clinical research associates.
Clinical research associates, he said, help get patients with cancer into the clinical trials being offered.
“That’s what the St. Baldrick’s grant is doing,” Reynolds said. “It’s providing us the support for one of those kind of individuals to help get children that need to go on a clinical trial here in the Lubbock area onto those trials.””
The Cancer Center has worked in close coordination with the School of Pharmacy in Amarillo and the School of Medicine in El Paso to facilitate a rise in the number of laboratory-turned-clinical trials in the West Texas region, and hopefully now with the funding from St. Baldrick’s Foundation, be able to increase their number of willing subjects as well.