Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Receives Generous Gift From Ian's Friends Foundation To Establish New Brain Tumor Biorepository and Assist Research Nationwide

Ian's FriendsATLANTA (January 21, 2014) - Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has received a generous donation of $360,000 from Ian's Friends Foundation to establish the Ian's Friends Foundation Brain Tumor Biorepository at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The new biorepository will provide the technology to grow and store cancer cells for use in critical brain tumor research at Children's, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s, and research facilities across the country.

“Ian's Friends Foundation is committed to supporting research that will improve the treatment and outcomes of pediatric brain tumors," said Phil Yagoda, Founder of Ian's Friends Foundation. "After years of supporting research projects, we found that the lack of available cells for research remains a major impediment to finding new cures for childhood tumors. We set out to fund a pediatric brain tumor biorepository that would facilitate sharing of cells for research, with the goal of fostering collaboration between medical institutions, universities and hospitals around the world."

The Ian's Friends Foundation Brain Tumor Biorepository at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta will be located at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and under the direction of the Children's Research Center.  

"Ian's Friends Foundation has been a longtime partner of Children's, and we are honored to work with them in bringing this new biorepository to life," said Dr. Tobey MacDonald, Director of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and with Emory School of Medicine. “Children's is an ideal home for this biorepository as we perform more pediatric brain tumor surgeries than almost any other hospital in the nation. Research is a cornerstone of our mission to enhance the lives of children. We seek answers to the most challenging childhood medical conditions through teaching and research that we hope will help kids worldwide.”

In conjunction with Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse School of Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is investing in pediatric research centers that serve to encourage collaboration and reduce duplicate work among researchers. Centers include Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Center for Cardiovascular Biology, Center for Clinical Outcomes Research and Public Health, Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Airways Disease Research, Center for Immunology and Vaccines, Center for Neurosciences, Center for Pediatric Innovation, Center for Pediatric Nanomedicine, Center for Transplantation and Immune-mediated Disorders, and the Marcus Autism Center.

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About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

Ian's Friends Foundation

Ian’s Friends Foundation (IFF) is a non-profit organization committed to funding the support of pediatric brain tumor research.  Our mission is to undertake and support initiatives at research institutions around the country that focus on developing new therapeutic methodologies for the treatment of pediatric brain tumors. IFF seeks to identify projects that are dedicated to overcoming and abating pediatric brain cancer.  In the recent past, very little research had been done. IFF was created in the hopes of finding promising and alternative therapies in addition to conventional ones. We also seek to bring public awareness to the severity of pediatric brain tumors and the funds so desperately needed to sponsor research to ultimately find a cure.  With your help, we hope that a few will be able to help the many children afflicted with this terrible disease.

Tags: General News, Research, Major gifts, Neurosciences, Cancer and Blood Disorders
Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014