Emily Beazley Kures for Kids Fund Hero Award provides $400,000 for efforts at UC Santa Cruz to bring comparative genomics analysis to pediatric cancer patients

Tim Stephens | UC Santa Cruz | July 23, 2019

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, has awarded a fourth year of funding to the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute to support the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative. The $400,000 grant from the Emily Beazley Kures for Kids Fund recognizes the Treehouse Initiative’s efforts to bring the power of genomics and big-data analytics to bear on the challenge of finding effective treatments for children with cancer.

We are very grateful to St. Baldrick’s and the Emily Beazley Kures for Kids Fund for believing in us,” said Olena Vaske, assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at UC Santa Cruz. “We hope that our work will lead to better treatments and eventually cures for every child with cancer.”

Vaske cofounded the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Initiative with David Haussler, professor of biomolecular engineering and director of the Genomics Institute. She holds the Colligan Presidential Chair in Pediatric Genomics at UC Santa Cruz.

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