UT Health San Antonio gears up to fight childhood cancer, thanks to Hyundai Hope on Wheels® grants

Posted on September 26, 2023 at 10:40 am.Shared by Eileen Teves

Contacts: Monica Taylor, 210-450-8970, taylorm1@uthscsa.edu, Eileen Teves, 210-450-7239, tevese@uthscsa.edu

SAN ANTONIO – Children with cancer were joined by their families as they dipped their hands in finger paint and left their mark on a new Hyundai SUV at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s (UT Health San Antonio) Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI). Their smiles lit up the room Tuesday morning, warming the hearts of families, friends, and all who witnessed the Handprint Ceremony during the Hyundai Hope on Wheels® event.

In the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer every day. To help in the fight against childhood cancer, Hyundai Hope on Wheels® presented two grants totaling $500,000 to UT Health San Antonio for pediatric cancer research.

Gail Tomlinson, MD, PhD, division director of pediatric hematology-oncology at UT Health San Antonio, received a $400,000 Hyundai Hope Scholar Grant Award to study new mechanisms for treating liver tumors, including those resistant to conventional therapies. A $100,000 Hyundai Impact Grant Award was presented to Tomlinson’s genetics team in the division of pediatric oncology to expand the availability of genetic testing at University Hospital’s pediatric clinic.

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NOTE: Along with Dr. Tomlinson, Raushan Kurmasheva, PhD is listed as co-PI.

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