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Dr. J. Anthony Graves, of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, won a three-year, $225,000 grant from CureSearch for research into neuroblastoma in 2014.

Dr. J. Anthony Graves

Noteworthy: Graves, a pediatric cancer researcher at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, won a three-year, $225,000 grant from CureSearch for Children’s Cancer to study neuroblastoma, a cancer that affects the nerves of young children. The grant will allow Graves to pursue drug targets for a specific type of neuroblastoma that is harder to treat. Graves is also the director of research education and development in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s.

Age: 44

Residence: Plum

Family: Wife, Becky Graves, a neonatal nurse practitioner; children Isaac, 11, Anthony Jr., 5, Benjamin, 2.

Occupation: Pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital.

Background: Graves studies a specific type of neuroblastoma with a low cure rate. The tumor cells have several copies of an unmutated gene that give rise to abnormal amounts of a protein called MYC. Graves believes the large amount of MYC affects cell structures called mitochondria, and he is looking for drug targets in mitochondria.

Education: Graves is a native Pittsburgher who split his high school career at Peabody High School in Pittsburgh and the Milton Hershey School in Hershey. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in black studies. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996 with a doctorate in biological sciences and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2002.

Quote: On private grants and a reduced NIH budget: “I am ever grateful. Without these private foundations, right now, the system would not be sustainable.”

— Megha Satyanarayana

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