Máxima researcher Jarno Drost receives AACR-St. Baldrick's Foundation Award
The Career Development Award from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has been awarded to Dr. Jarno Drost, PI of the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology in Utrecht. Dr. James Downing of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital received the inaugural American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) St. Baldricks Award this summer for his outstanding achievement in pediatric oncology research. Dr. Drost was selected by the Award Selection Committee from a collection of nominations of emerging leaders provided by Dr. Downing.
Jarno about his prize: ‘It’s a great honor to receive the AACR St. Baldrick’s career development award. It shows the international recognition for our work, which I would not be able to do
without my excellent team and the many colleagues from both research and the clinic at the Princess Máxima Center.’
Jarno Drost is a principal investigator at the Princess Máxima Center and Oncode Institute. His group studies kidney and rhabdoid tumors using, amongst others, mini-tumors that are
cultured in the lab. He uses these mini-tumors (so-called organoids) to find out how these tumors develop as well as to test many drugs without burdening the patient. All this with the
ultimate aim of developing new and less toxic therapies to treat children with these tumors.