“The team is really bringing in very new ideas from mathematical modeling, engineering, all the way to cell therapy, immunotherapy and immunology…This is what really excites and energizes us to be part of this great team, to address the Cancer Grand Challenge, to better target pediatric solid tumors.”
The Cancer Letter connected with Catherine Bollard, M.D., M.B.Ch.B., director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at Children’s National Hospital, for a conversation about her work as a leader of the Cancer Grand Challenges NexTGen team. The $25 million effort is funded by Cancer Research U.K. and the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute and the Mark Foundation for Cancer Research. Its ambitious goal: find novel therapies to break the stalemate in the treatment of pediatric solid brain tumors in the next 10 years. Bollard shared her work plan and the “secret sauce” that gives the team its edge with The Cancer Letter. Find out more about the hope behind this effort in the full interview here.