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Childhood cancer research grant awarded to the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Date:1/17/2012

anslational research efforts, many associated with Children's Oncology Group (COG) sponsored clinical treatment trials."

Ramirez, who is also on the faculty of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, explained that the BPC currently utilizes 10 imaging robots to generate whole slide images for several National Cancer Institute sponsored translational research efforts and three cancer cooperative groups, including the COG. Some of the more sophisticated equipment that complements the robots was also purchased in previous years using similar St. Baldrick's Foundation awards. The addition of the DPAE will allow the BPC to efficiently utilize the imaging robots and improve the turn-around time of the quality assurance process. These virtual images will subsequently be shared with expert pathologists via the Virtual Imaging for Pathology, Education & Research (VIPER) web-based application developed by the BPC.

"For us, it is an honor to be the recipient of St. Baldrick's Foundation infrastructure grants, as these awards assist us in providing cutting edge digital pathology services to numerous national and international investigators involved in pediatric oncology research," Ramirez added.

The infrastructure grants, combined with the more than $19.6 million awarded in June, bring the St. Baldrick's Foundation's funding total to more than $21 million awarded in 2011. Infrastructure grants were awarded based on the need of the institution and its patients, anticipated results of the grant and local participation in St. Baldrick's events.


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