MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders selected as pediatric Phase 1 Center by the Children's Oncology Group

December 22, 2011

MILWAUKEE - The MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin was recently selected as a Phase 1 Center by the Children's Oncology Group. The designation is an elite award given to only 21 centers in the world. The MACC Fund Center is the only site in Wisconsin to offer early phase clinical research to children suffering from cancer.

This designation is a great benefit to the children being treated at Children's Hospital and their families. Patients who no longer benefit from traditional cancer treatments may now have the opportunity to participate in a clinical study with a trusted healthcare team who are close to home, rather than traveling out of state.

"We want to offer the best treatments to our patients and being able to offer these cutting-edge therapies puts us at the forefront of treating childhood cancer," said Michael E. Kelly, MD, PhD, director of Pediatric Oncology at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and associate professor of Pediatric Hematology at The Medical College of Wisconsin. "This raises the bar for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and for research on our campus and across the state," added Dr. Kelly.

Dr. Kelly's team of physicians, nurse practitioners and researchers were the driving force in achieving this distinction. However, the continuous monetary support of the MACC Fund allowed for the clinical research infrastructure to be developed. "The investment made by the MACC Fund is a vital component to our success. Without their support, our program would not be able to offer these treatments to our patients," stated Kelly.

About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It has been named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has been redesignated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In 2010, the health system invested more than $105 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.

About The Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin is the state's only private medical school and health sciences graduate school. Founded in 1893, it is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and service. Approximately 1,200 students are enrolled in the Medical College's medical school and graduate school programs. A major national research center, it is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY 2009 -10, faculty received approximately $161 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes, of which $148 million is for research. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, College faculty direct or collaborate on more than 2,000 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,250 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 400,000 patients annually.