Training the Next Generation of Scientists

Lucie Turcotte, MD, MPH, MS

Children’s Cancer Research Fund donors help train the next generation of childhood cancer researchers.

With fewer doctors choosing academic career paths in hematology/oncology, your support is needed more than ever before. Incidence rates of childhood cancer are increasing around the globe, and we need more bold and brilliant researchers tackling these life-threatening diseases.

The ideas are there. For 36 years, Children’s Cancer Research Fund has helped young doctors foster connections with mentors, so their ideas can come to fruition and become potentially lifesaving therapies and treatments for kids with cancer.

Thanks to support from donors like you, over 90 fellows have successfully gone through the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota. Your dollars are utilized by the brightest minds, making the biggest impact for kids around the globe.

One of these bright minds is Lucie Turcotte, MD, MPH, MS pediatric hematologist/oncologist.

Recently awarded a grant from CCRF to explore a potential link between obesity in stem cell transplant donors and a heightened risk of graft-versus-host disease, she says, “The fellowship program was great. It allowed me to work closely with several accomplished researchers from a range of backgrounds … the breadth of research experiences … helped me to focus on the areas I wanted to pursue going forward. Essentially all the work I am doing now comes from my work as a fellow.”