The Center for Childhood Cancer Research was established in 2007 as a Center of Emphasis in the CHOP Research Institute and has developed a highly integrated basic, translational and clinical research environment dedicated to eradicating the pain and suffering caused by cancer in children. The Center brings together the diverse talents of investigators in the Hospital's renowned multidisciplinary program in pediatric cancer research, patient care and genomics.
The Center's organization supports an environment where basic scientists interact with master clinicians around the central theme of improving cure rates through translational research initiatives. Recruitment of leading talent in areas that can facilitate this progress, spanning the laboratory and clinical research ends of the spectrum, enables the Center's mission. Key to the Center's success is translating the latest scientific findings obtained from cutting-edge basic research into innovative clinical trials designed to dramatically improve the cure rates for pediatric cancers while simultaneously eliminating long-term side effects.
Stephen P. Hunger, MD, serves as director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research and chief of the Division of Oncology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.