The American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the National Marrow Donor Program have awarded the Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Scholar grant award to Children’s National researcher Patrick J. Hanley.
Hanley, Ph.D., Laboratory Facility Director, Cellular Therapy and Stem Cell Processing and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University, will receive the award at ASBMT national meeting in late February 2017. It is the first time a Children’s National staff member has been awarded this grant, which is for $240,000 over three years.
The Amy research program is one of the largest and most coveted research grants in the field of marrow and cord blood transplantation, according to the program’s website.
“The program develops the next generation of physician-scientists by supporting and encouraging the discovery of new ways to treat and prevent post-transplant complications,” the program reports.
Hanley plans to use the grant to treat patients on their upcoming clinical trial, “CHEERS”, which is for patients receiving a cord blood transplant. These patients will receive immune cells that were expanded from cord blood, called T cells, that have been trained in the lab to target viruses – a major complication after transplant.
“This grant enables us to evaluate whether cord blood T cells that recognize viruses like CMV and now BK virus can offer protection to patients who need it most,” Hanley says.