Courtney’s Courage Donates $30,000 for `Courtney Page Zillman Fellow’ at the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

Apr 6, 2017

Courtney’s Courage (formerly known as Tee Up For Tots) donated $30,000 to the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center to support the “2017 Courtney Page Zillman Fellow,” Megan Molina, MS.

Courtney’s Courage raised the funds through its annual, “Tee Up For Tots Golf Tournament,” which took place at Casino Del Sol Resort last August.

Molina is pursuing a PhD in immunobiologyat the University of Arizona. She will be working under the mentorship of UA Steele Center pediatric cancer researcher, Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, professor and division chief of pediatric hematology/oncology in the Department of Pediatrics, director of the UA Cancer Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, and the Louise Thomas Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research.

“I am primarily interested in immunobiology and translational research, so I’m very excited to be working in Dr. Katsanis’ lab,” said Molina. “As the Courtney Page Zillman Fellow, I hope to make significant contributions to our understanding of the immune system’s role in regulating graft-versus-host-disease, which hopefully will lead to better therapeutic approaches.”

“The research Megan will conduct will help us determine the best ways to use anticancer drugs to prepare a patient’s immune system for bone marrow transplantation,” said Dr. Katsanis. “This may result in a reduction of severe graft-versus-host disease, while preserving efficient graft-versus-tumor reactions. We’re grateful to Courtney’s Courage for their continued investment in our pediatric cancer research.”

To learn more about Courtney’s Courage, please visit: www.courtneyscourage.org.

About the UA Steele Children’s Research Center

The UA Steele Children’s Research Center is one of the prestigious Centers of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. It is the state’s only academic pediatric research center designated by the Arizona Board of Regents, and the only facility in Southern Arizona where researchers and physician-scientists are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge through basic and translational research to improve children’s health. As researchers, they seek to discover answers to children’s medical mysteries. As physician-scientists, they provide compassionate care to hospitalized patients at Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and pediatric outpatient clinics throughout Tucson and the state. And, as faculty members with the UA Department of Pediatrics, they teach and train the next generation of pediatricians and researchers.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: http://uahs.arizona.edu

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