Current Research

Your contributions to CRF4aCure will support scientific research on RMS at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a not-for-profit research and education institution that shares the Foundation’s commitment to finding a cure. By partnering with CSHL, we are also furthering the ability of the Foundation to provide comfort and knowledge to RMS patients and their families.

RMS research at CSHL is part of a larger effort called the Sarcoma Research Project. This highly targeted effort aims to understand what causes sarcomas and to identify new therapeutics to treat them. The initial phase of the project is focused on RMS. Read More

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), a world leader in cancer biology and genetics, is applying its unique interdisciplinary approach and cutting-edge technology to RMS in an effort to develop effective therapeutics for the disease.

To search for a cure, CSHL Assistant Professor Chris Vakoc is collaborating with Oregon Health and Science University Professor Charles Keller. Keller is one of the world leaders in RMS research and has created dozens of mouse models for the disease that will be instrumental in future research. Vakoc is using cells from these mouse lines in an test he has developed to pinpoint genetic weaknesses within a population of cancer cells. Vakoc’s cutting-edge approach has already been successful in developing a drug for acute myeloid leukemia, with a treatment now in clinical trials.

The Vakoc-Keller collaboration was spurred by a 2014 Banbury Center symposium on RMS. The first-ever meeting of its kind, the symposium brought together researchers from around the world to chart a path forward to better diagnosis and treatment of RMS. The research presented during the meeting suggests that development of a drug for RMS is indeed a realistic objective. Read more.

Thank you for your support. With your help, scientific research assists with “A prayer, a wish and a dream for a cancer free world.”

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