Dr. Hui Feng Named 2018 Arden Quinn Bucher Memorial Fund St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar
Dr. Hui Feng has been named the 2018 Arden Quinn Bucher Memorial Fund St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar. This award was established in memory of Arden Quinn Bucher who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2007 at the age of 2.
An amplified gene, MYCN, is found in ~30% of neuroblastomas, and is associated with highly aggressive tumors that have extremely poor prognosis. Dr. Feng’s work on T-cell leukemia recently showed that when a specific gene is turned off it will prevent tumor growth caused by C-MYC, a close relative of MYCN. This award will support Dr. Feng’s research which aims to determine if targeting this gene will suppress neuroblastoma development associated with MYCN activity.
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s mission is to “conquer childhood cancers.” In 2014 Dr. Feng was selected by the St. Baldrick Foundation to receive a three year Scholar award totaling $330,000. Based on her research progress, she was awarded an additional $211,154 new grants in 2017 and 2018 to fund two more years of this Scholar award. These awards have enabled Dr. Feng to make great strides in her research on childhood cancers.
We congratulate to Dr. Feng on receipt of this award and take this opportunity to thank the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for their generous support of Dr. Feng’s research.