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New York, NY 10016
Our laboratory is focused on two major challenges facing children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
First, in spite of dramatic improvements in outcome one in four children will suffer a relapse and their prognosis is poor.
Second, the "cost" of therapy for those who are cured is high with short and long term side effects. Therefore our laboratory seeks to understand mechanisms of drug resistance and to identify pathways unique to the cancer cell that can serve as targets for more effective, less toxic therapeutic approaches.
In addition we are using genomic and proteomic approaches to predict prognosis better so that therapy can be tailored to the individual patient thereby maximizing chances for cure while minimizing side effects.
We have identified gene expression profiles that predict response to therapy and are validating these signatures in an independent cohort of children currently undergoing therapy for ALL.
In addition similar efforts using expression profiling to characterize blasts at relapse has led to the provisional identification of a number of drug resistance mechanisms in ALL.
We are now using siRNA approaches to validate the functional significance of these pathways and our long term goal is to use relevant pathways as targets for therapy.
Finally we have had a long term interest in defining cell death pathways that operate in vivo and have discovered that leukemic blasts use a variety of pathways to execute apoptosis.
We hypothesize that the route of cell death correlates with response to therapy and such pathways can be modulated to favor cancer cell death thereby maximizing the therapeutic potential of conventional agents.
Our laboratory encompasses the full spectrum of investigation involving basic "bench" research, highly translational efforts using samples from patients and clinical trials in children with ALL.
Prognostic significance of minimal residual disease in high risk B-ALL: a report from Children's Oncology Group study AALL0232
Borowitz, Michael J; Wood, Brent L; Devidas, Meenakshi; Loh, Mignon L; Raetz, Elizabeth A; Salzer, Wanda L; Nachman, James B; Carroll, Andrew J; Heerema, Nyla A; Gastier-Foster, Julie M; Willman, Cheryl L; Dai, Yunfeng; Winick, Naomi J; Hunger, Stephen P; Carroll, William L; Larsen, Eric
2015-07-05; 1528-0020,Blood - id: 1649852, year: 2015 JOURNAL ARTICLE
Feasibility of intensive post-Induction therapy incorporating clofarabine (CLOF) in the very high risk (VHR) stratum of patients with newly diagnosed high risk B-lymphoblastic leukemia (HR B-ALL): Children's Oncology Group AALL1131.
Burke, Michael; Devidas, Meenakshi; Chen, Si; Gore, Lia; Larsen, Eric; Hilden, Joanne M; Loh, Mignon L; Winick, Naomi J; Carroll, William L; Raetz, Elizabeth A; Hunger, Stephen; Salzer, Wanda L
2015-08-20; 1527-7755,Journal of clinical oncology - id: 1729442, year: 2015
Intensified chemotherapy without SCT in infant ALL: Results from COG P9407 (Cohort 3)
Dreyer, ZoAnn E; Hilden, Joanne M; Jones, Tamekia L; Devidas, Meenakshi; Winick, Naomi J; Willman, Cheryl L; Harvey, Richard C; Chen, I-Ming; Behm, Fred G; Pullen, Jeanette; Wood, Brent L; Carroll, Andrew J; Heerema, Nyla A; Felix, Carolyn A; Robinson, Blaine; Reaman, Gregory H; Salzer, Wanda L; Hunger, Stephen P; Carroll, William L; Camitta, Bruce M
2015-03-06; 1545-5009,Pediatric blood & cancer - id: 1477622, year: 2015 Journal Article
Genome-wide analysis links NFATC2 with asparaginase hypersensitivity
Fernandez, Christian A; Smith, Colton; Yang, Wenjian; Mullighan, Charles G; Qu, Chunxu; Larsen, Eric; Bowman, W Paul; Liu, Chengcheng; Ramsey, Laura B; Chang, Tamara; Karol, Seth E; Loh, Mignon L; Raetz, Elizabeth A; Winick, Naomi J; Hunger, Stephen P; Carroll, William L; Jeha, Sima; Pui, Ching-Hon; Evans, William E; Devidas, Meenakshi; Relling, Mary V
2015-05-24; 1528-0020,Blood - id: 1590842, year: 2015 JOURNAL ARTICLE
MAPK signaling cascades mediate distinct glucocorticoid resistance mechanisms in pediatric leukemia
Jones, Courtney L; Gearheart, Christy M; Fosmire, Susan; Delgado-Martin, Cristina; Evensen, Nikki A; Bride, Karen; Waanders, Angela J; Pais, Faye; Wang, Jinhua; Bhatla, Teena; Bitterman, Danielle S; de Rijk, Simone R; Bourgeois, Wallace; Dandekar, Smita; Park, Eugene; Burleson, Tamara M; Madhusoodhan, Pillai Pallavi; Teachey, David T; Raetz, Elizabeth A; Hermiston, Michelle L; Muschen, Markus; Loh, Mignon L; Hunger, Stephen P; Zhang, Jinghui; Garabedian, Michael J; Porter, Christopher C; Carroll, William L
2015-09-06; 1528-0020,Blood - id: 1761702, year: 2015 JOURNAL ARTICLE