Finding Causes of Cancer
Finding out why children get cancer
With generous support from Children’s Cancer Research Fund, the Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology Research Program at the University of Minnesota is internationally recognized as one of the top research programs in the world investigating the causes of childhood cancer.
Current research includes:
- Molecular epidemiology studies of leukemia, hepatoblastoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, rhabdomyosarcoma, germ cell tumor and osteosarcoma
- Exposure assessment in neonatal blood spots
- Drug therapies targeting cardiometabolic risk factors in severely obese children
- Novel methods to characterize arterial health in children
- Mouse models in relation to exposure-disease relationships relevant to pediatric cancer
- Dietary intervention in pediatric cancer survivors
Research in the Division has a strong focus on the causes of childhood cancer, both environmental and genetic.