SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH DEVELOPMENTS
For the past five years, the NCLF has supported biomedical research conducted by a small group of expert scientists dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders. Our Research Team is headed by Dr. Turgeman, a brilliant physician, molecular biologist and stem cell specialist Dr. Bulvik, Chief of Hematology/Oncology at one of our affiliated hospitals. Together, Drs. Turgeman and Bulvik are working to elucidate the relationship between adult(non-embryonic) stem cells, cancer and leukemia, the results of which will have a broad impact on the future design of cancer therapies (both stem cell and non-stem cell based), as well as on current clinical practice (e.g., bone marrow transplants). Of particular interest, we believe our efforts will lead to the development of new therapeutic schemes for AML (acute myeloid leukemia), a particularly rare and aggressive form of leukemia.
BIOMEDICAL CANCER RESEARCH CENTER
In 2009, the NCLF made a major commitment to expand this program by establishing a new Biomedical Cancer Research Center affiliated with two University Hospitals. The Research Center, which is currently under construction, will bring together leading scientists in the fields of molecular biology, stem cell biology, hematology and oncology to work collaboratively to advance knowledge in the field and develop innovative technologies for treating cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders. The Grand Opening of the Research Center is anticipated for January/February of 2011. Our goal is straightforward: Eradicate cancer and leukemia within the next decade.
Dance Power, the NCLF’s newly created dance therapy program for pediatric cancer patients is scheduled to open bi-coastal this September, 2010. Dance Power, includes a mix of music, meditation and dance, lifting the spirits and empowering the hearts of young cancer patients. Dance Power is a magical experience for both the cancer patients who participate and the peer mentors who join with to make each class exciting and fun.
Ninja Power, the NCLF’s martial arts program for pediatric cancer patients has opened on the east coast, and is scheduled to open on the west coast in the fall of 2011. Ninja Power brings smiles and joy to young cancer patients, building self-confidence, self-esteem and a true sense of empowerment. Ninja Power’s focus is 100% positive. Our focus is on life and hope.
CORD BLOOD BANKING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
The NCLF is embarking on a major national campaign to increase awareness of Cord Blood Banking. Cord blood, which can be painlessly extracted from the umbilical cord at birth, contains the same lifesaving cells found in adult bone marrow, but is less likely to be contaminated by viruses or environmental toxins, making it safe and effective in transplants. If every woman giving birth this year in the United States decided to bank cord blood, 4 million lives could be saved!