How to help parents identify available pediatric leukemia trials

June 30, 2022

The PCDC’s partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was highlighted in an interview with LLS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gwen Nichols on Fox 32 Chicago. As part of the LLS PedAL Master Clinical Trial, PCDC is working with LLS to build GEARBOx, a clinical trials matching tool, as well as an AML data commons.

Big Data and Childhood Cancer Research

August 25, 2021

Although there is mounting evidence for the benefit of large-scale data sharing from a pediatric cancer research standpoint, an initial literature search showed us that in contrast, there was very little understanding of the perspectives of pediatric cancer patients and their families regarding the use and sharing of their data. […] Our ultimate goal in asking these questions was to gauge how organizations like PCDC can best use their resources to provide the pediatric cancer community with more information.

Pharma Boardroom interview with Sam Volchenboum

July 9, 2021

There is great potential for improvement if pharma companies can use agreed-upon standards for collecting data and for data interoperability. Even if the companies do not intend to share their data, I would like to see a move towards collecting data in a way that ultimately, once it has been used or been published, means that the data can be shared and then studied by a larger group.

How a Pediatric Oncologist is Tackling Data Standardization as a Grassroots Phenomenon

March 2021
Find the interview with Sam Volchenboum on page 16.

We didn’t want to do the easy thing, which is just take data and then hire people to standardize and then share it. We wanted to tackle it as a grassroots phenomenon: teach people what standards are, empower them to build a data dictionary that’s validated with international input, and then let people harmonize the data into that standard and, ultimately, use that standard to collect subsequent data.

Kaufman family interview on the Help and Hope Happen Here podcast (featuring Sam Volchenboum)

February 1, 2021

10 year old Ruby Kaufman was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2010.  After one year of grueling treatment, Ruby decided that she wanted to help other kids who were diagnosed with some type of cancer so she created a fundraiser called Ruby’s Dance Till You Drop. That fundraiser raised $72,000. Eventually, through the efforts of Ruby’s family, the Rally Foundation, and Dr. Sam Volchenboum, a grant was awarded with the money that Ruby raised from her fundraiser to help with research in the fight against this cancer.  This initial grant proved successful, and now millions of dollars in grant money has been received because of the success of the first grant, and has been used to create one of the largest Data Research Systems to help in the overall fight against Pediatric Cancer. This story is a great win for everyone involved.

Harmonizing Data to Save Children’s Lives

September 28, 2020

As part of our mission to connect the people and resources needed to find cures, we are teaming up with one of the leading institutions on the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons initiative (PCDC), the Volchenboum Lab at the University of Chicago. They are doing the painstaking work of creating a universally shared language to make data mining viable.

UChicago bioinformatics team to create data infrastructure for global pediatric cancer initiative

September 15, 2020
Project: PedAL

“We are so excited to be building the next-generation platform for matching children with leukemia to innovative clinical trials,” Volchenboum said. “In the process, we will be creating the largest pediatric leukemia data set in the world.”

$500,000 gift will support worldwide effort to harness pediatric cancer data to advance treatment for children

September 1, 2020
Project: ALL Data Commons

Through a single combined, open platform, the PCDC is making data available to clinicians and researchers everywhere. By harnessing pediatric leukemia data from all over the world, researchers will be able to access the largest collection of data ever available for study.

How Rally Kid Ruby is Making an Impact on Childhood Cancer Research (VIDEO)

November 16, 2019
Project: INSTRuCT
Scroll down to the third video for an interview with Sam Volchenboum.

Ruby’s Dance ‘Til You Drop event provided critical seed money for Dr. Sam Volchenboum’s High Risk High Reward Grant which has gone on to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

University of Chicago to help lead national effort to make cancer research data more useful, accessible and impactful

October 16, 2019
Project: Center for Cancer Data Harmonization (CCDH)

The experience and skills of the PCDC team, including expertise in data standards, data harmonization and commons interoperability, made UChicago an important partner for the new CCDH.

Cooperation Is a Key Component of a New Cancer Initiative

October 2, 2019
Project: PedAL

“Everything is incentivized against sharing data right now,” says Dr. Samuel Volchenboum of the University of Chicago. “This new approach makes it imperative to share everything. We’re going to make it easy to do the right thing. … In a few years, if you’re not sharing your data people are going to be asking why.”