"Research Grant in Pediatric Oncology" - Umberto Veronesi Foundation - € 32,000
Research is essential for developing new treatment strategies. Because of this, the UniCredit Foundation supports the Veronesi Foundation in studying pediatric oncology
In 2019, in partnership with the Veronesi Foundation, the UniCredit Foundation chose to support scientific research on pediatric sarcomas, which are tumors of the bone and soft tissues, through a research grant for 2020. There are currently no particularly effective treatments for these tumors, making them an urgent issue in pediatric and adolescent oncology.
The UniCredit Foundation finances an annual research grant in the amount of €32,000. It was awarded to Ramona Palombo, a researcher from the Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome involved in the "Una terapia basata sull'orologio biologico per il sarcoma di Ewing" (A biological clock-based treatment for Ewing's sarcoma) project, which is an organic continuation of the project financed last year. The project draws upon the results of the previous funding round, during which molecules studied in vitro that regulate cells' biological clocks were found, making them more sensitive to oncological drugs. Now, the objective is to test them in vivo to determine the best time window during which to administer oncological treatments for this type of pediatric sarcoma in order to maximize effectiveness.
Given the importance of the study and the need for further development, the UniCredit Foundation decided to renew funding for the annual grant.
The Partner - Umberto Veronesi Foundation
The Umberto Veronesi Foundation was founded in 2003 by Professor Umberto Veronesi and many other internationally renowned scientists and intellectuals, including 11 Nobel laureates.
The Foundation supports scientific research, indispensable for identifying new treatments and effective drugs against diseases that are still not easily curable today. To date, it has financed the work of 1,600 young scientists in 167 institutes in Italy and abroad, 198 only in 2019.
The Veronesi Foundation has always promoted health and prevention education, through serious and authoritative information and numerous scientific dissemination initiatives. Since it was launched, hundreds of educational courses have also been activated. 267,000 students, of all levels and degrees, have participated and, in 2019, the
504 events organized on the topics of health and science have seen 80,000 people involved, including 38,000 students