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Our Goals, Our Impact


The First JPA Mouse Model 

No mouse model existed to grow JPA cell-lines, and therefore, little research existed on how these tumors would "behave" with various drugs to stop them.  IAA partnered with researchers at Johns Hopkins to create a mouse model that will allow labs across the country to test the treatment potential of new molecules or medicines. In order to ensure that this development has as wide an impact as possible, we are working with the National Cancer Institute to distribute the model to any researcher who requests it.


Sharing Knowledge

Our mouse model is one example of how we strive to expand access to JPA knowledge. Working with NCI, and premier research labs, We will continue to find and fund  research to remove the scientific barriers to new treatments. IAA joins other advocacy groups to push for investment in pediatric cancer research, and presents IAA funded research at prestigious neuro-oncology conferences.  


Funding Scientists 

IAA provides fellowships for students who are training to join the pediatric cancer research field, and supports staff doing work in oncology labs. We are currently working with two premier research hospitals.   With the help of our Board and partners we fund researchers at Johns Hopkins University, led by Dr. Eric Raabe and Dr. Charles Eberhart.  And, as of 2023, we provide support so Children's National Medical Center researchers can dedicate time to perform optical genome mapping (OGM) on pediatric low-grade glioma (pLGG) samples.  


Supporting Patients

We are launching a "Clay Bear" patient program in May to support Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  This program will offer comfort to in-treatment patients.  Stay tuned for more information!

Ongoing Focus

We are thrilled that IAA sponsored work is a “force multiplier” for JPA research. JPA research has not seen the same progress as other diseases because of underinvestment and unique scientific challenges. Our fundraising events and work with government stakeholders are helping to increase the support that PLGA research receives. We will continue our work with brilliant researchers to remove more of the scientific barriers to new treatments.

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