Sunshine Project Research Summit

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The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) will hold its Annual Research Summit for approximately 50 of the country’s leading pediatric cancer research investigators and coordinators on Feb. 8th and 9th at the Marriott Airport Hotel in Tampa.

Researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center; Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; University of Florida; Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Sylvester Cancer Center, University of Miami and nine other leading institutions will be in attendance. The researchers will present groundbreaking information for new research projects and clinical trials aimed at treating and curing pediatric cancer.

The Sunshine Project, funded exclusively by NPCF, is a business model unlike any other in the field of pediatric cancer research.

“The Sunshine Project capitalizes on the strengths of researchers and leading hospitals around the country,” said NPCF Chief Executive Officer, David Frazer.

Sunshine Project investigators perform three vital phases of research simultaneously: basic science, translational research, and clinical trials. These major research components not only allow doctors to identify new agents in fighting cancer but also help researchers understand the cancer cells’ response to certain treatments.

Summit presentations will cover current and future phase one trials addressing collaborative efforts to aggressively pursue a measurable change in the way pediatric cancer is treated. Our studies focus on less toxic, more targeted treatments for children.

“This Summit helps get everyone on the same page, clarifies our goals, builds momentum and sets the agenda for the next year,” said Sunshine Project Lead Investigator Damon Reed, M.D., who works at Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children’s Hospital in Tampa Bay. “It’s also a great opportunity for the researchers to network, learn, collaborate and take things back to their institutions that they may not have thought of before.”

The Sunshine Project Summit Dinner will take place on Feb. 8, 2018, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. where the doctors, coordinators and Summit sponsors will join to discuss the Sunshine Project as well as hear “Stories of Hope” from families who have endured pediatric cancer. For more information on the Sunshine Project Summit Dinner please visit