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Julie Ross, Ph.D.

Dr. Ross received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and joined the faculty of the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research in 1995. She is currently professor and director of the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology & Clinical Research. She holds an adjunct appointment in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health in the School of Public Health and is a full member of the graduate faculty. She is the principal investigator of two NCI grants investigating the causes of leukemia in children and adults.

Current focus

“Many of my studies investigate the causes of childhood leukemia. I also direct a laboratory that focuses on understanding genetic and environmental factors important in childhood cancer overall. I lead the Epidemiology Committee in the Children’s Oncology Group, a consortium of hospitals and institutions in North America that treat approximately 90% of all children diagnosed with cancer. A focus area involves the establishment of a new North American pediatric cancer research registry called the Childhood Cancer Research Network (CCRN), which will be launched in 2008. The CCRN will enroll children and their parents in the United States and Canada in order to facilitate studies that investigate the causes and consequences of childhood cancer.”

Committed to finding a cure

“While children with cancer represent only a small proportion of the general population with cancer, several important discoveries in understanding how cancer occurs have been made by studying childhood cancer. However, there is still much more to be learned. The window of opportunity for childhood cancer to occur is much narrower than for adult cancer. We need to focus on why kids get cancer, particularly since some childhood cancers are increasing in number over time.”

Children's Cancer Research Fund: Making a difference

“Children’s Cancer Research Fund provided the seed money for my investigations of childhood leukemia. The data generated from Children's Cancer Research Fund funded pilot studies led to grant funding from the National Cancer Institute in excess of $5 million over a 10 year period. Children's Cancer Research Fund is also instrumental in supporting students who have a specific interest in understanding the causes and consequences of childhood cancer. These students represent the next generation of researchers, and Children's Cancer Research Fund has been instrumental in helping us hire the best and brightest.”

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