The V Foundation Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board has awarded funding to Ian Davis, MD, PhD, the G. Denman Hammond Professor of Childhood Cancer in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, for his research project, “Novel mechanisms to improve CAR-T cell therapy for pediatric solid tumors”. The award is being funded by the Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. The award amount will total $1,000,000, over the next 5 years.
More than 15,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed each year with cancer in the United States. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano. Since its formation in 1993, the V Foundation has awarded over $310 million in cancer research grants nationwide and has grown to become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research.