UA grant will focus on pediatric cancer

Hyundai Hope on Wheels is giving $75,000 to Dr. Lisa Kopp of the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center in Tucson for her work to improve cure rates in pediatric solid tumors.

The nonprofit group will present the grant to Kopp on Thursday.

The Steele Center is one of 40 recipients of a Hope on Wheels 2013 Hyundai Scholar Grant, which supports Hyundai scholars who pursue research and implement clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children with cancer.

Over the course of 2013, Hope on Wheels will donate $14 million to children's hospitals nationwide.

The survival rate is very poor for children and young adults with recurrent or metastatic solid tumors, and new treatments are greatly needed, Kopp said.

Funds from the grant will be used for research in the laboratory evaluating immunotherapy approaches that target pediatric solid tumors, she said in a news release.

Damaged joints will be Wed. presentation topic

Registration is still open for a free presentation titled "Building Better Joints: The Future of Cartilage Tissue Engineering" Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The event will be in DuVal Auditorium at the University of Arizona Medical Center University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Joint resurfacing will be discussed by top UA orthopedic innovator and researcher John A. Szivek, who is nationally recognized for his studies of bone and cartilage regeneration with the goal of repairing damaged joints.

Szivek will discuss research and advances in cartilage regeneration and engineering strategies.

Seating is limited, and prior registration is requested. Go to arthritis.arizona.edu online, call 626-5040 or email livinghealthy@ arthritis.arizona.edu for more information.

Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at sinnes@azstarnet.com or 573-4134.