CRI Research Could Lead to Medicine’s Next Big Thing

Dec. 10, 2014 — According to National Cancer Institute statistics, by the end of this year more than 16,000 children under the age of 19 will have been diagnosed with cancer. Although cancer in children is rare and not well understood, it is the leading cause of disease-related death among children and teenagers. But the outlook is improving thanks to cutting edge research at the genetic level. That research could be medicine’s next big thing.

Dr. Hao Zhu, an Assistant Professor at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern and a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research, has pinpointed a gene that contributes to childhood cancers like neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor and liver cancer.