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Oncologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to Chair International Childhood Cancer Organization
Date:12/7/2009

- Will Lead Children's Oncology Group -- Collaborative Organization in Pediatric Cancer -

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peter C. Adamson, M.D., a pediatric oncologist and leading scientist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, has been selected to lead the Children's Oncology Group (COG) in its efforts to find cures for children with cancer.

An internationally recognized leader in pediatric cancer drug development, Dr. Adamson will assume his new role with COG on Jan. 1, 2010. He was elected by principal investigators of more than 200 COG sites. COG unites more than 5,000 experts in childhood cancer at leading children's hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer.

"Dr. Adamson's broad experience working with many investigators and industry partners, his own extensive research efforts, and his participation in key scientific committees of the National Cancer Institute give him a unique perspective on the challenges facing the cancer clinical trial system," said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., president and CEO, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "As chair of the Children's Oncology Group, he will play a crucial role in advancing treatment for childhood cancer."

Dr. Adamson, who came to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1999 from the National Cancer Institute, is the director of Clinical and Translational Research and chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Children's Hospital. He also is a professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He will remain on the staff of Children's Hospital and on the Penn faculty while serving as COG chair.

Dr. Adamson's previous roles at COG have included leading a 21-site phase 1 consortium that conducted initial evaluations of
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