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Andrew  Place, MD, PhD

Research Center:
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Department:
Medicine Research
Division
Hematology/Oncology Research
Hospital Title:
Staff Physician/Assistant in Medicine
Academic Title:
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
LeukemiaLymphomaRelapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Contact:
617-632-2313
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Research Overview

Over the last several decades, there have been dramatic improvements in the treatment of the most common types of pediatric cancers. However, despite these successes, relapsed or refractory leukemia carry a dismal prognosis. For example, more children will succumb to relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia that any other type of pediatric malignancy. It is paramount that novel agents and treatment strategies are developed for these cancers that improve outcomes while limiting both the acute and long-term toxicities of therapy.

In order to achieve these goals, we are developing a robust translational program supported by our own world-class basic science laboratories, extensive collection of clinical samples and well-known expertise in clinical trial design and administration. By encouraging collaborations within academia and industry we foster pre-clinical evaluation of the most compelling novel therapies as a mechanism to stream line their introduction into early phase clinical trials.

About Andrew Place

Dr. Place received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth College in 2004 and his MD from the Dartmouth Medical School in 2006. He completed his pediatric residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2012, he became an attending physician in Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, where he currently participates in the development of early phase clinical trials in the Pediatric Hematologic Malignancy Service.

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Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is one of the top research centers in the world for pediatric cancers and blood diseases. It brings together laboratory scientists and clinical researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital in a single program. We investigate pediatric cancers and non-malignant blood disorders from every angle—from examining cells under the microscope to tracking the effectiveness of current drug regimens using the most advanced molecular methods—so that we can create better treatments for children seen here and around the world.

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