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Dr. Ronnie Barr receives PCOI grant

Dr. Mark Greenberg, Dr. Ronald Barr and Rowena Pinto
From left: Dr. Mark Greenberg, Medical Director, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario; Dr. Ronald Barr, Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology and Medicine at McMaster University and a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist at McMaster Children's Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences; and Rowena Pinto, Senior Director, Public Affairs Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division

On June 8, 2011, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) and Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), Ontario Division recognized the three successful recipients of the 2010 Granting Competition of the Pediatric Cancer Outcomes Initiative (PCOI) — funding three projects of up to $150,000 each over two years. PCOI is a joint initiative of POGO and CCS to build a childhood cancer research platform to stimulate research that improves the quality of outcomes for kids with cancer and childhood cancer survivors, and reduces the overall burden of cancer on families.

Dr. Ronald Barr, Professor of Pediatrics, Pathology and Medicine at McMaster University and a Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist at McMaster Children's Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, is one of three successful recipients of the 2010 Granting Competition of the PCOI.

Dr. Barr received $149,015 for his research Need and Use of Health Care Services in Survivors of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The cheque is presented to Dr. Barr by Dr. Mark Greenberg, Medical Director, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, and Rowena Pinto, Senior Director, Public Affairs Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division.


PCOI Backgrounder

In 2010, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), Ontario Division formed the Pediatric Cancer Outcomes Initiative (PCOI). This initiative brings together two prominent players in the cancer realm to build a childhood cancer research platform to stimulate research that improves the quality of outcomes for kids with cancer and childhood cancer survivors, and reduces the overall burden of cancer on families.

This initiative will:

  • Capture patient treatment and outcome data from 1985 to 1994 to augment POGO's database (POGONIS);
  • Conduct studies directed at improving outcomes and reducing the burden of cancer on children, adolescents, and their families; and
  • Launch a request for proposal (RFP) focused on outcomes and impacts of pediatric cancer.
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