Overview

The Center for Pediatric Cellular Therapies provides the leadership and expertise necessary to bring cellular therapies now being developed in the lab, to the bedside. The Center provides an academic home for the entire spectrum of investigators -- basic, translational, and clinical researchers -- working in cell therapy. The overall goal of this center is to streamline the translation of our scientific discoveries into early clinical trials.

American medicine is in the midst of an evolutionary change in the way we care for patients. While we have historically relied exclusively on drugs, we are now increasingly turning to complex cellular therapies especially for genetic disorders, infections, and recalcitrant cancers that have eluded developmental therapeutics. Recognizing the potential power of cellular therapies, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has establish this Center for Pediatric Cellular Therapies to drive our institution to the forefront of novel cell-based therapeutics in an effort to develop new paradigms for the treatment of pediatric diseases. The Center will foster multidisciplinary scientific collaboration towards development of novel cellular therapies and will facilitate the rapid translation of new discoveries into clinical trials through provision of targeted infrastructure and expertise to meet these objectives. Our unwavering goal, is to facilitate successful translation of promising preclinical “home-grown” research into early phase clinical trials in the most expeditious fashion. To accomplish this lofty goal, the Center will provide two-level grant opportunities designed to fund IND enabling studies, prepare protocol and regulatory documents, gain IRB approval, and enroll the first cohort of subjects. The Center will provide regulatory support throughout cell therapy projects without any charge to the investigators. The Center will maintain an ever-present vision of developing home-grown science into broadly applicable therapies to cure for childhood diseases.

Learn more about our mission and plans by viewing the recording of the May 3, 2019 Launch Event Seminar. Click here.

In 2019, the center is offering two pilot grant opportunities: planning grants and implementation grants. Please see the full RFA for full details.

Key dates

  • Letter of intent due June 3 at 5 pm
  • Promising projects invited for full proposal on June 10
  • Full proposal due July 8
  • Pilot start date September 1

Important Notes

  • Two grants are offered and applicants may apply to either one
  • The intention is that those applying for the planning grant will automatically move on to the implementation grant if milestones are met, see RFA for details

Application Portal

The Center for Pediatric Cellular Therapies offers resources for moving translational research into the clinical phase.

  • Regulatory Affairs support in IND submission
  • Advice on project development
  • Symposia to discuss latest research and network for new collaboration
  • Seminar Series