World Community Grid has launched the Help Fight Childhood Cancer project by the Chiba Cancer Center Research Institute in Chiba prefecture, Japan. The mission of the Help Fight Childhood Cancer project is to use World Community Grid to find drugs which can disable three particular proteins associated with neuroblastoma, one of the most frequently occurring solid tumors in children.
Finding drugs to disable these proteins would potentially make the disease much more curable with chemotherapy. Neuroblastoma is one of the most common tumors in early childhood and often leads to death.If this project is successful, it could dramatically increase the cure rate for neuroblastoma. World Community Grid may provide the breakthrough for this disease that has eluded scientists thus far.
| Chiba cancer research team|
Dr. Akira Nakagawara - director or the Chiba cancer research institute
Tyuji Hoshino - Associate professor
Yutaka Tamura - Associate professor
| Radio-Exercises by Masaki Mishina|
Painted at the age of 5 years and 9 months
Passed away at the age 7 years and 3 months
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
This work consists of 9 million virtual chemistry experiments, each of which would take hours to perform on a single computer, totaling over 8,000 years of computer time. World Community Grid is performing these computations in parallel and is thus speeding up the effort dramatically. The project is expected to be completed in two years or less.
| Lion by Morito Iokawa|
Painted at the age of 5 years
Passed away at the age 6
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
The rapid advancement in genetic research on cancer holds great promise for treating neuroblastoma. Genes linked to various cancers have been found, and researchers are currently developing effective therapeutic drugs aimed at some of the important molecular targets.
| Pink seeds by Ami Okano|
Painted at the age of 9 years, now age 17
- Cerebellar medullo blastoma
The Help Fight Childhood Cancer is the twelfth research project to be launched on World Community Grid and one of seven projects currently active. The other six active research projects are: Help Conquer Cancer (launched November, 2007), Discover Dengue Drugs – Together (launched August, 2007), Human Proteome Folding - Phase 2 (launched July, 2006), FightAIDS@Home Phase 2 (launched November, 2005), Nutritious Rice for the World (Launched May, 2008) and The Clean Energy Project (launched December, 2008).
World Community Grid project; http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/
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