New Center of Emphasis

The Center for Childhood Cancer Research was established in 2007 as a new Center of Emphasis at the CHOP Research Institute and represents a highly integrated basic, translational and clinical research environment dedicated to eradicating the pain and suffering caused by cancer in children. This goal will be realized by bringing 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, will enable 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 Hunger, MD serves as the director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research. He is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric oncology. Dr. Hunger is the Chair of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) ALL committee and is responsible for the oversight of the design and conduct of clinical trials and linked translational research studies that enroll over 2000 patients each year.