Mariah
Osteosarcoma Survivor
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Josh
Brain Tumor Survivor
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Sydney
Leukemia Survivor
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Alijah
Leukemia Survivor
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Rosie
Wilms Tumor Survivor
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Ryan
Leukemia Survivor
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Sydney
Retinoblastoma Survivor
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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.

BOOST Registry and Biobank

Children's Cancer Research Fund’s Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund is supporting the Biology of Osteosarcoma (BOOST) Registry and Biobank. The goal of the biobank is to predict who is going to get osteosarcoma, learn how to catch the disease early-on and increase survival. Patients and families can participate in research online to help scientists understand why children and young adults get osteosarcoma. It’s open to any osteosarcoma patient at any age, no matter how long ago they were diagnosed. Families of those who have passed away from osteosarcoma are encouraged to register as well. If you have/had osteosarcoma or you’re a parent of an osteosarcoma patient, you can participate here.