Pediatric Cancer Expert to Speak in Savannah

(September 17, 2010) - William Carroll, M.D., director of the New York University Cancer Institute, will give a free community lecture in Savannah on Thursday, September 30. The event is sponsored by The John A. (Jack) Kolbush Memorial Fund and Memorial Health.

Carroll will present "The Promises and Challenges of Targeted Therapy for Cancer: Lessons from Pediatric Leukemia" at 6:30 p.m. in Mercer Auditorium on the Memorial campus. There is no charge to attend and no tickets are required. To reserve a space, please call 912-350-8115.

Carroll is recognized internationally as a leader in childhood cancer research. In particular, he uses the field of genomics to understand the underlying biological pathways that drive leukemia progression and drug resistance. Carroll has played a key role in developing new treatments, especially for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. As chair of the Children's Oncology Group ALL Committee, he directs the largest clinical trials network for children with cancer worldwide. Carroll has also served as both a member and chair of a National Cancer Institute subcommittee.

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