On March 30 at the Campidoglio (Rome's city hall), in the presence of Gianni Letta, Undersecretary to the Prime Minister, Professor Paolo Veronesi, President of the Umberto Veronesi Foundation, awarded a total of 59 fellowships and 13 grants for research projects, including the following project of Cure2Children:
Project Title: Development of a Global Database for Neuroblastoma
Scientific Director: Lawrence Faulkner, Cure2Children Foundation, Florence
Participants: Nehal Parikh, Scott Howard, Aman Patel
Project Summary: Neuroblastoma (NB) tops the list of causes of cancer death in children.This is probably due to the intrinsic resistance of neuroblastoma to current therapies but also to its relative rarity and the consequent difficulty of conducting biological research and appropriate clinical studies. "Over 80% of cases occur in low and middle income countries where, due to the low curability of high-risk neuroblastoma, treatment is not offered, even palliative care may frequently not be available let alone access to clinical and biological studies that could benefit other children". This project has the ambitious goal of developing an international database for patients with NB in low and middle income countries, and lay the foundations for a strategy of global collaboration. The initiative is part of international cooperation in the work of St. Jude Children's Research Center of Memphis (USA): The Pediatric Oncology Network Database (POND).