DEDICATED TO FIGHTING CHILDHOOD CANCER
The POETIC Foundation’s efforts are dedicated to the mission of increasing the availability of new and precise therapies for pediatric cancer patients. We focus on areas of interest that make the most impact in pediatric cancer research.
The POETIC Biology Program is designed to increase access to potentially curative therapies and improve outcomes for children with the worst prognosis through precision medicine.
The program aims to sample, analyze, and store tumors from children around the world in order to better understand cancer in children and the influence that the child’s background has on their cancer and potential outcome.
The program aims to bank patients’ specimen and use liquid biopsies, single cells and exosomes to identify patients’ unique genetic causes of their cancer and how to treat them. Genetic testing will allow for personalized treatment by identifying drivers of cancer to target specific mutations found in the patient’s tumor. This knowledge will also lead to potential treatments for future patients who have similar mutations. Banking of samples will allow for future testing with novel platforms to inform on new targeted and immunotherapy approaches to treat cancer.
Jessie Stuart Award for Excellence in Research
The Foundation created the Young Investigator Abstracts Initiative which provides training grants for pediatric oncology fellows and graduate students.
The Jessie Stuart Award for Excellence in Research is granted to a junior investigator whose research exhibits the highest level of excellence in the following categories: Strength of Science; Research Design; Collaboration; and Relevance.