Galindo earns ACS grant for pediatric cancer investigation

By Alex Lyda

Dr. Rene Galindo, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Molecular Biology, and Pediatrics, has been awarded a $720,000, four-year grant from the American Cancer Society to study development of childhood cancer.

Dr. Rene Galindo
Dr. Rene Galindo

His research focuses on rhabdomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the body’s soft tissues. Children with the disease have poor survival rates and often suffer disfigurement from surgery and chemotherapy.

Dr. Galindo, who also holds an appointment in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, is investigating how an abnormal gene converts a normal cell into a cancer cell. His goal is to develop therapies to prevent or reverse this process.

“Elucidating the genetic underpinnings of rhabdomyosarcoma has been particularly problematic,” Dr. Galindo said. “Our ability to probe for new potential treatments will be greatly enhanced by this very generous award. We are most appreciative of the investment the ACS has made to help both current and future children suffering from this deadly disease.”