Children’s Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC) of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has successfully completed four research projects funded by the Hyundai Hope On Wheels® Scholar Hope Grants. These Scholar Senior Research Grants fund childhood research projects designed to improve the treatment and quality of life for children with cancer.
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In 2007 Dr. Virginia Harrod received an award for The Survivor Challenge began as a Hyundai grant-supported pilot study. The aim is to evaluate the effects of organized physical activity on the health and well-being of adolescent cancer survivors. Since then, hundreds of participants have completed the training, crossed the finish line and have incorporated exercise into their lives. The program continues today with two eight-week training sessions offered in the spring and fall. This is a super-successful CBCC program and families are really changing their lifestyles to include exercise in their lives. In 2012, Dr. Harrod received a one-year Hyundai grant to support a pilot study evaluating the benefits of a designated neuro-oncology specialty clinic. The clinic still exists today and has streamlined care for children with brain tumors and their families.
In 2012 Dr. Amy Fowler received a two-year Hyundai grant-supported research study in collaboration with UT Austin to investigate the effects of cancer treatment on the child’s ability to think, learn and behave, both during and after treatment. The CBCC Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic has been strengthened since this study. In 2013 Dr. Philip Neff received a two-year Hyundai grant in collaboration with Dell Pediatric Research Institute to investigate molecular changes in cancer cell metabolism in response to medications, which could predict outcomes and allow for optimized care and personalized chemotherapy treatments. This grant has ended, but the DPRI is continuing their bench research and has expanded the scope of this project. Results of this exciting bench research will provide the first step towards the development of new strategies for cancer therapy design based on the innovative use of ‘omics’ data that could advance international change in pediatric cancer treatment and bring better outcomes to patients.
In October 2014 Ascension Seton stroke researchers led by Lone Star Stroke Consortium leader, Steven Warach, M.D., Ph.D., received a one-year grant Examining the Feasibility of Using Wearable Technology as an Innovative Tool for Telestroke Services in response to Genentech’s Medical Education & Research Grants: Novel applications for modern communication technology in telestroke programs geared for rural environments announcement. The goal of the research was to discover if smart glasses like Google Glass and similar smart glasses (Vuzix) could be used instead of telemedicine carts for improving availability, timing, and effectiveness of stroke evaluation, diagnosis, and eventual treatment while maintaining quality and confidentiality of care.
Numerous grant-funded projects are currently underway at Ascension Seton. Send us your abstract or just tell us about your research or programmatic effort and we’ll feature it on our website!