McKay receives NIH support to test cancer treatment tool for children

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Virginia McKay, a research assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, is leading a five-year $3.5 million project to test whether an effort to improve cancer treatment for children in Latin America is sustainable over the long term.

A partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., the new research is a massive expansion of a pilot project funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for early-career investigators. The funding is split between McKay and Asya Agulnik, MD, an associate member of the St. Jude faculty and director of the global critical care program at St. Jude Global. At the end of five years, the project will be eligible for two additional years of funding.