Grants - Designated Grants - California - 2014

Judy Villablanca, M.D.

Co-funded with Carousel of Possible Dreams/Friends of Cathryn and the Dick Vitale Gala

Only 45% of children with high-risk neuroblastoma are cured.  The New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) consortium links laboratory and clinical investigators to develop therapies with high potential for improving survival and performs the first testing of them at 13 neuroblastoma centers.  We propose new clinical trials for patients with resistant or recurrent disease that aim to 1) improve immunotherapy; 2) improve chemotherapy by targeting key drivers of the disease; and 3) improve measurement of response and prediction of outcome with a “biomarker” test for blood and bone marrow.  We anticipate that these innovative studies will improve survival for children with high risk neuroblastoma.